ATSC 3.0 Vote Confirmed For FCC Open Meeting


The FCC has released its official agenda for its February Open Meeting on Thursday (2/23), and among the items that will be put up for a vote is “GN Docket No. 16-142.”

This would authorize the permissive use of the “Next Generation” broadcast TV standard, ATSC 3.0.

ATSCLogoSpecifically, the three members of the Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to let television broadcasters use this new broadcast television transmission standard associated with recent work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

The NPRM is perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the Open Meeting, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305 at the FCC’s Southwest Washington, D.C. offices, which are walking distance from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.

Also on the agenda: Seven dockets in the “Wireless Telecommunications and Wireline Competition” category will be considered, including a Report and Order adopting rules “to provide ongoing support targeted to preserve and advance high-speed mobile broadband and voice service in high-cost areas that the marketplace does not otherwise serve.”

The Commission will also consider an Order granting a five-year waiver to broadband Internet access service providers with 250,000 or fewer broadband connections from the enhanced reporting requirements adopted in the FCC’s 2015 Title II Order.

Meanwhile, on the Consent Agenda for the February Open Meeting is the consideration of a Memorandum Opinion and Order concerning an Application for Review filed by Delta Radio Network regarding the dismissal of a modification application. This involves Class D WNLA-AM 1380 in Indianola, Miss.