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CHAPTER 22-44

CABLE TELEVISION AND MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

22-44-1      Obstruction of community antenna television system transmissions as misdemeanor.
22-44-2      Equipment for receiving services without payment--Installation or possession as misdemeanor.
22-44-2.1      Manufacture, sale, or distribution of equipment for receiving service without payment as misdemeanor.
22-44-3      Seizure of equipment.
22-44-4      Multipoint distribution system and multichannel multipoint distribution system defined.


     22-44-1.   Obstruction of community antenna television system transmissions as misdemeanor. No person may intentionally prevent or obstruct the transmission, distribution, or receipt of programming material carried by the equipment of a community antenna television system. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1984, ch 173, § 1.


     22-44-2.   Equipment for receiving services without payment--Installation or possession as misdemeanor. No person may knowingly install, maintain, or possess any equipment, device, or instrument designed, intended, or used solely for the purpose of unlawfully facilitating the interception, decoding, or receipt of the services of any community antenna television system, multipoint distribution system, multichannel multipoint distribution system, or any programming service delivered by satellite with intent to allow any person to obtain such service and avoid the lawful payment of the charges therefor. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor. A subsequent violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1984, ch 173, § 2; SL 1990, ch 169, § 1.


     22-44-2.1.   Manufacture, sale, or distribution of equipment for receiving service without payment as misdemeanor. No person may knowingly manufacture, sell, offer for sale, or distribute any equipment, device, or instrument designed, intended, or used solely for the purpose of unlawfully facilitating the interception, decoding, or receipt of the services of any community antenna television system, multipoint distribution system, multichannel multipoint distribution system, or any programming service delivered by satellite with intent to allow any person to obtain such service and avoid the lawful payment of the charges therefor. A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1990, ch 169, § 2.


     22-44-3.   Seizure of equipment. Any equipment, device, or instrument possessed in violation of § 22-44-2 may be seized as contraband after a conviction of the owner or possessor of the equipment for a violation of this chapter.

Source: SL 1984, ch 173, § 3.


     22-44-4.   Multipoint distribution system and multichannel multipoint distribution system defined. Multipoint distribution system and multichannel multipoint distribution system mean a subscription television, audio, or other data service, using the 2.5 gigahertz frequency band and the receiving device or decoder which is necessary for reception of the services provided by the system.

Source: SL 1984, ch 173, § 4; SL 1990, ch 169, § 3.


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