FCC adopts a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking authorizing television broadcasters to use the Next Generation television transmission standard (ATSC 3.0) on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

The FCC authorizes television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation ” broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard, also called “ATSC 3.0” or “3.0 ,” on a voluntary, market-driven basis. This authorization is subject to broadcasters continuing to deliver current-generation digital television (DTV) service, using the ATSC 1.0 transmission standard, also called “ATSC 1.0 ” or “1.0,” to their viewers.ATSC 3.0 is the new TV transmission standard developed by Advanced Television Systems Committee as the world’s first Internet Protocol (IP)-based broadcast transmission platform.
It merges the capabilities of over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting with the broadband viewing and information delivery methods of the Internet, using the same 6 MHz channels presently allocated for DTV service. This new TV transmission standard promises to allow broadcasters to innovate, improve service , and use their spectrum more efficiently. It also has the potential to enable broadcasters to provide consumers with a more immersive and enjoyable television viewing experience on both home and mobile screens. In addition, ATSC 3.0 will allow broadcasters to offer enhanced public safety capabilities, such as geo-targeting of emergency alerts to tailor information to particular communities and emergency alerting capable of waking up sleeping devices to warn consumers of imminent emergencies, and advanced accessibility options. With today’s action, we aim to facilitate private sector innovation and promote American leadership in the global broadcast industry.

Attachments:

Report and Order [669 KB PDF]
Statement from Chairman Pai [76 KB PDF]
Statement from Commissioner Clyburn [79 KB PDF]
Statement from Commissioner O'Rielly [84 KB PDF]
Statement from Commissioner Carr [84 KB PDF]
Statement from Commissioner Rosenworcel [77 KB PDF]