http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-256A1.pdf This Report and Order addresses both true SFNs and on-channel repeaters. Very interesting to note what the FCC has to say about how this order relates to white space devices. In particular, it looks like the FCC was being approached by those who wanted to grab even occupied channels in a market area, but channels in which some of the market area was inadequately covered by the big stick. And the FCC is telling these parties no, you can't do that, and the broadcasters is instead allowed to improve his coverage area with multiple transmitters. Also interesting to me is that the FCC talks about use of DTV translators or LPTV stations as another technique available to broadcasters to improve the coverage within their market area. And that WSDs cannot get in the way of those translators or LPTV stations either. On the other hand, the FCC is not going to allow dramatic improvement in coverage outside the market area, with these techniques. Improved coverage is to be within the DMA. And again the old bugaboo "localism" is mentioned as the reason: "We agree with MSTV and others that DTS must not be used to undermine localism and that a DTS service area should not shift a station's primary focus from its community of license." Booo. This sounds to me similar to what the Hollywood studios did when they originally opposed the 16:9 TV screen aspect ratio standard for ATSC. Cut off nose to spite face. But, this is also mentioned: "MSTV would, however, allow expanded service only into 'traditionally underserved rural areas in which populations have historically been insufficient to sustain viable, full-service over-the-air station.'" IMO, if you're talking SFNs or OCRs rather than translators, there should be no reason to obsess about large increases in coverage area per se. Even the best ATSC receivers won't work well with widely spaced antennas on the same frequency. You would need something more like DVB-T2 for that. Anyway, the FCC uses a "table of distances" approach, where the are more optimally covered by the SFN is basically no different from the area as it would be ideally covered by a big stick. And they have an additional criterion, which to allow any full power station the same coverage as the largest station in the market. This is especially helpful in weird situations like mountainous terrain. AND YET, even after talking at length about the DMA and localism: "We adopt a waiver policy to enable stations to address the type of loss experienced by WECT, Wilmington, NC (channel 6), where many analog viewers of that station lost service when the station transitioned to digital-only operations. Notwithstanding our Table of Distances, on a case-by-case basis, we will permit a station to use DTS if doing so will enable it to continue to serve its existing analog viewers within its analog Grade B contour who would otherwise lose service as a result of its transition." Interesting read. Glad it came after the WSD ruling. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.