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FCC Speaks 2002 The Path to Digital Broadband Migration. Digital Television Transition. FCC DTV Task Force. February 20, 2002. Digital TV Transition. 11001001 10010011 11100110 11110100 10101100 10101011. 11110100 10101100 10101011 1110. 11110100 10101100 10101011 1110.

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Fcc speaks 2002 the path to digital broadband migration
FCC Speaks 2002The Path to Digital Broadband Migration

Digital Television Transition

FCC DTV Task Force

February 20, 2002


Digital tv transition
Digital TV Transition

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Dtv task force
DTV Task Force

  • Structure

    • Established October 2001

    • Cross-bureau, cross-disciplinary team

  • Functions

    • Help coordinate and prioritize FCC proceedings

    • Facilitate progress among parties on key issues

    • Single point of contact


Digital television service
Digital Television Service

256 DTV Stations Now Operating

DTV Now Available in Markets Including 76% of U.S. households


Build out deadlines and authorization of service
Build-out Deadlines and Authorization of Service

  • Affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX

    May 1, 1999 for Markets 1-10

    38 of 40 stations now operating

    November 1, 1999 for Markets 11-30

    75 of 79 stations now operating

  • All remaining commercial TV stations

    May 1, 200292 stations now operating

  • All noncommercial TV stations

    May 1, 200351 stations now operating



Remaining initial dtv applications
Remaining Initial DTV Applications of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Mutually exclusive “area expansion” facilities

  • Coordination with Canada or Mexico

  • Unresolved interference issues

  • Related channel change proceedings


Recent policy changes in periodic review proceeding
Recent Policy Changes in Periodic Review Proceeding of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Permitted graduated approach to DTV service with smaller less expensive stations and later service area expansion

  • Deferred to next periodic review setting of new dates for post-transition channel election and elimination of protection for unserved portion of service area


Recent policy changes in periodic review proceeding1
Recent Policy Changes in Periodic Review Proceeding of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Stations may operate under STA smaller than allotted or authorized facilities

    • Meets buildout requirement

    • Automatically extends construction permit

  • Now recognize financial hardship as basis for extension of buildout requirements


Decision facing stations with may 1 2002 buildout
Decision Facing Stations With May 1, 2002 Buildout of DTV Allotted Stations)

1. Build and operate station per construction permit OR

2. File request for special temporary authority to operate station at variance from construction permit OR

3. File FCC Form 337 requesting extension of buildout requirement - paper or electronic filing. If paper, courtesy copy can be e-mailed to Video Services Division at [email protected]


Dtv sta
DTV STA of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Request consists of letter and Form 301 Tech Box

  • Letter authorization for a maximum 6 month period that can be extended

  • Coverage area of STA facilities must be subsumed by that of construction permit or allotted facilities

  • Service areas based on DTV Allotment Table and construction permit continue to be protected during reduced facility operation


Reasons for extensions
Reasons for Extensions of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Technical, e.g. equipment delays, unavailability of work crews or tower safety issues

  • Legal - Delays in obtaining government clearance; e.g., zoning litigation, FAA, pending DTV applications or channel change rulemakings

  • Other - Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters

  • Financial


Finance based extensions
Finance Based Extensions of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Demonstrate that buildout of minimum DTV facility (STA option) is not feasible

  • Provide detailed description of financial inability to timely construct:

    • itemized estimates of costs of meeting minimum buildout requirements (service contour over community of license)

    • detailed statement exploring why financial condition precludes such an expenditure


Finance based extensions1
Finance Based Extensions of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Showing reflecting the particular station’s financial status over an economically significant period of time

  • All efforts to meet the deadline, including good faith efforts to obtain the requisite financing, and an explanation why those efforts were unsuccessful


Channel 52 69 band clearing
Channel 52-69 Band Clearing of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Spectrum recovery - a goal of DTV proceeding

  • Band clearing is voluntary

  • Two-way and three-way agreements

  • Differences in channel 59-69 and channel 52-58 band clearing policies


Channel 59 69 band clearing
Channel 59-69 Band Clearing of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Rebuttable public interest presumption-based on demonstration of

    • certain public interest benefits; e.g., provision of advanced wireless service and

    • avoidance of loss of certain broadcast service; e.g., that of four stations in market with largest audience share

  • Extended DTV buildout for stations with single channel

    • end of 2005 or beyond if less than 70% DTV penetration level


Channel 52 58 band clearing
Channel 52-58 Band Clearing of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Case-by-case public interest determination of band clearing agreements, including impact on DTV transition

  • Agreements do not extend DTV buildout requirements

  • Stations left with a single channel must build DTV


Interference protection
Interference Protection of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Existing interference standards apply to facilities modifications related to band clearing

    • NTSC-to-NTSC: minimum distance separations

    • NTSC-to-DTV: 0.5% population reduction

    • DTV-to-NTSC: 2%/10% population reduction

    • DTV-to-DTV: 2%/10% population reduction


Need rules for digital low power operations
Need Rules for Digital Low Power Operations of DTV Allotted Stations)

TV Translators

TV Boosters

LPTV Stations


Translators booster service

DTV Service Contour of DTV Allotted Stations)

Translators & Booster Service

NTSC Grade B Contour


Key regulatory issues for digital low power rule making

47 CFR Part 74 of DTV Allotted Stations)

Key Regulatory Issues for Digital Low Power Rule Making

  • Interference Protection Standards

  • Permissible Operations

  • Transmission Standards

  • Application Filing Procedures


Facilitate industry cooperation
Facilitate Industry Cooperation of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Hoedowns

  • Copy Protection

  • Cable Compatibility


Carriage of broadcast programming over cable systems
Carriage of Broadcast Programming Over Cable Systems of DTV Allotted Stations)

  • Petitions for Reconsideration

  • Issues from the Further Notice


Digital tv transition1
Digital TV Transition of DTV Allotted Stations)

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