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Digital Funding Update. Jeffrey Bobeck Vice President, Government Relations APTS April 14, 2005. Contact Info. Jeffrey Bobeck [email protected] (202) 654-4217 http://www.apts.org/. Digital Funding Update. William Cooperman Director, Public Broadcasting Division

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Digital funding update

Digital Funding Update

Jeffrey Bobeck

Vice President, Government Relations

APTS

April 14, 2005


Contact info

Contact Info

Jeffrey Bobeck

[email protected]

(202) 654-4217

http://www.apts.org/


Digital funding update1

Digital Funding Update

William Cooperman

Director, Public Broadcasting Division

U. S. Department of Commerce, Office of Telecommunications & Information Applications

April 14, 2005


Contact info1

Contact Info

William Cooperman

[email protected]

(202) 482-5802

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/


Digital funding update2

Digital Funding Update

Ed Cameron

Director, Advanced Services Division

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service

April 14, 2005


Rus ptv topics

RUS PTV Topics

  • FY 2003-2004 accomplishments

  • Reuse of old funds

  • Plans for FY 2005 program


Fy 2003 2004 accomplishments

FY 2003-2004 Accomplishments

  • We made 34 grants to 33 applicants

  • 27 grant recipients have executed documents and have “release of funds”

  • 18 have drawn funds

  • 2 are fully advanced – projects complete

  • Observations:

    • Grantees have 3 years to draw funds

    • Many grants were for translators


Unused grant funds

Unused Grant Funds

  • These funds can be reused should they go unexpended – they are “no year” funds

  • After perhaps another year we will contact grantees to ask if funds will be used

  • In our Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, we recover and reuse $3-5 Million in prior years’ granted funds

  • We don’t want to let these funds go unused


2005 budget provision

2005 Budget Provision

  • Provided further, That $10,000,000 shall be made available to convert analog to digital operation those noncommercial educational television broadcast stations that serve rural areas and are qualified for Community Service Grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting under section 396(k) of the Communications Act of 1934, including associated translators and repeaters, regardless of the location of their main transmitter, studio-to-transmitter links, and equipment to allow local control over digital content and programming through the use of high-definition broadcast, multi-casting and datacasting technologies.


Program characteristics

Program Characteristics

  • Statute defines rural communities to 20,000 and under in population

  • Will focus on most rural and most economically disadvantaged service areas

  • We need a way to score and rank applications

  • Application dollar limit, matching funding, program priorities are open to discussion


2005 program planning

2005 Program Planning

  • On March 29, OMB authorized our writing of the new regulation

  • We can either simply convert the 2003 NOFA or redesign the program


Contact info2

Contact Info

Ed Cameron

Director, Advanced Services

[email protected]

(202)690-4493

http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/


Digital funding update3

Digital Funding Update

Luis Guardia

Media Technologies

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

April 14, 2005


Digital conversion status

Digital conversion status

  • 308 out of 353 stations on the air

  • Forthcoming digital conversion survey will identify impediments facing remaining 46 stations

  • 86 of the 308 would require upgrade to full power to comply with the power maximization FCC requirement


Digital priorities for 2005

Digital priorities for 2005

  • Received $39M for 2005

  • $24M for public television

    • $20M – DDF

    • $4M – Digital Services Fund


Digital distribution fund

Digital Distribution Fund

  • DDF Round 7

    • Funded 72 Transmission and IRD apps, totaling $16.6M

      • IRD Projects - 27

      • Transmission Projects - 45


Digital distribution fund1

Digital Distribution Fund

  • DDF Round 8 to open late May 2005

    • Priority 1: transmission/related equipment

    • Priority 2: master control/related equipment

  • DDF Round 9 (summer 2005 if funds available)

    • Funding priorities to be informed by conversion survey results and specific station needs


Digital services fund

Digital Services Fund

  • FY04 - $4.7M

    • 33 applications submitted – 15 projects undergoing formal approval or contract negotiation processes

    • Applications focused on three major areas:

      • Education (K-12 and Adult)

      • Public Safety

      • Life-long learning


Digital services fund1

Digital Services Fund

  • FY05 - $4M

    • Review of DSF guidelines to implement targeted investment strategy

    • Increased emphasis on sustainability and scalability

  • Next round expected to open in summer, 2005


Fy06 digital funding

FY06 Digital Funding


Contacts

Contacts

  • CPB Media Technologies

    • Luis Guardia Sr. Director(202)[email protected]

    • Alexis Dobbins, Technologies Initiatives Officer(202)879-9786 [email protected]


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