Commission issues order to advance analog-to-digital switchover
August 16, 2004
The FCC advanced the DTV transition on Aug. 4 by establishing a timetable for final DTV channel assignments, setting firm deadlines specifying when broadcasters must begin offering full-power digital service and taking several other steps that address important aspects of the switchover.
During its regular monthly meeting, the commission issued a Report and Order implementing steps including:
Launching an open channel-election process in November 2004 for a final DTV table of allotments; Setting firm deadlines for digital stations to increase their power levels; Mandating inclusion of PSIP information in digital broadcast signals; Temporarily ending the simulcast requirement; Clarifying interference protection for TV channels 51-69; Making clear its digital closed-captioning rules; Requiring V-chip functionality in all DTV receivers after an 18-month transition; Considering individual deployment of distributed transmission technology on a case-by-case basis and fast-tracking a proceeding on the matter.
steps to accelerate the transition process were unanimously adopted.
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