In the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 07-70) in the Third Periodic Review of the DTV transition released two months ago, the commission proposed deadlines for completing DTV facilities, required coverage and procedures for obtaining extensions for construction of post-transition DTV facilities.
It also proposed interference standards for modifying post-transition DTV facilities. Stations would be required to file reports on their preparation for the end of the DTV transition in February 2009. These rules must be finalized before broadcasters can be sure exactly what they will be allowed to do or required to do before the Feb. 17, 2009, analog shutdown. On Monday, the FCC announced the NPRM had been published in the Federal Register, starting the clock on the brief comment and reply comment period.
Comments must be filed on or before Aug. 8, 2007, and reply comments filed on or before Aug. 23, 2007. TV stations required to build out their final DTV facilities by Feb. 17, 2009, have a bit more than 19 months to order and install equipment, so the FCC is likely to waste little time in releasing the final Order with transition rules once the comment periods end.
For more information on the NPRM, see use the “Select an Issue to View” menu on the RF Report index to access the May 25, 2007, issue of RF Report.
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.
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