The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Clarification Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies the Commission’s existing guidelines for stations’ interim use of DTS and initiates a rulemaking.

DTS technology would allow stations to employ multiple synchronized transmitters spread around a station’s service area, rather than a single-transmitter, enabling broadcasters to fill gaps in service coverage.  Each transmitter would broadcast the station’s DTV signal on the same channel, similar to analog TV booster stations but more efficiently.  The major benefit offered by DTS is to afford over-the-air service in areas previously blocked by terrain. 

See the attached News Release and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for more details.


News Release: DOC-262082A1.pdf [115 KB PDF]
NPRM: FCC-05-192A1.pdf [249 KB PDF]