Without comment, the agency asks for public comment on the broadcasters' petition to permit the use of ATSC 3.0 as an optional broadcast standard without disrupting the existing ATSC 1.0 service. Comments are due May 26; replies, June 27.
FCC Gets Ball Rolling On Next-Gen ATSC 3.0
As FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler promised last week at the NAB Show, the FCC asked for public comment on the broadcasters’ petition to permit the use of ATSC 3.0 “as a new optional standard” for broadcasters without disrupting the current ATSC 1.0 service.
The petition for Next Generation TV was filed April 13 by the NAB, America’s Public Television Stations, the Consumer Technology Association and the AWARN Alliance.
The petition was released without comment from Wheeler or any of the other commissioners.
As the NAB, Wheeler praised the broadcasters for their inventiveness. “Hooray for the creative thinking of the broadcast community that brought ATSC 3.0 from an idea into reality. Now we’ll see where we go from here, how we make it work.”
The FCC set May 26 for comments and June 27 for replies.