Digital LPTV, TV Translator, Booster Stations & Class A TV Stations
In August 2003, the Commission, by a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, sought comment on rules for digital low power television ("LPTV") and television translator stations, and issues related to digital television booster stations. The Commission's goals in this proceeding are to establish a regulatory framework that will hasten the transition of LPTV and TV translator stations to digital operations and to do so in a manner that minimizes disruption of existing service to the consumers served by analog LPTV and translator stations. The Commission recognizes that translators and LPTV stations will play a significant role in furthering the transition to digital television and that viewers in many communities depend on the services of TV translator and LPTV stations for their over-the-air television service. Through its rules, policies and application processes, the Commission seeks to provide flexible and affordable opportunities for low power digital service, both through the digital conversion of existing analog service and where spectrum is available, new digital stations. It also seeks to develop interference protection rules and methodology that will provide spectrum for new digital stations without undermining established interference protection rights. Also addressed in the Notice are key issues relating to permissible service, spectrum for digital low power service, protected service area, equipment and other technical and operational requirements, and authorization of digital service. Comment was further sought on the impact of these proposals on television broadcast and other primary services, particularly those in the 470-512 MHz band and the new services in the 698-806 MHz (Upper and Lower 700 MHz) bands.
Last reviewed/updated on 03/06/2008