[opendtv] STA for operating replacement digital translators

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 18:01:52 -0500


"[ ... ] In the Replacement Digital Television Translator NPRM,1 the
Commission announced that it would seek comment on the creation of a new
replacement digital television translator service. In order to preserve
service to possible loss areas and expedite the future consideration of
applications for replacement translator facilities, the Commission
announced that it would begin accepting applications for replacement
digital television translator stations following the release date of the
Replacement Digital Television Translator NPRM. The Commission stated
further that it would withhold the processing of such applications
pending the outcome of the proceeding. In the interim, the Commission
announced that full-service stations are permitted to submit requests
for special temporary authority (STA) pursuant to existing STA
procedures in order to operate temporary replacement translator
facilities during the pendency of the rulemaking proceeding. The
Commission delegated to the Media Bureau the authority to announce the
exact date that applications for replacement translator stations will
begin to be accepted and the interim procedures and policies that will
be applied to such filings. [ ... ]"

I was wondering how translators were going to be transitioned. Looks
like possibly, through STAs, there may not be any period with no service
after all.

Looks like the station owning the translator can select its new digital
channel, at least for the interim period until they get the permanent
approval, and will also be selecting its ERP. So the for stations now
using analog tyranslators, analog and digital translators can probably
have a (short) period of simulcast.

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