By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-13-20
Broadcasters are telling the FCC that Microsoft and Microsoft-funded groups have no leg to stand on when they oppose those broadcasters’ request to use distributed transmission systems (DTS) to improve viewers’ reception of their licensed service.
The National Association of Broadcasters joined by America’s Public Television Stations made that point clear in reply comments on their request to the FCC.
Taking a page from cellular buildouts, broadcasters want to be able to “densify” their broadcast networks with smaller transmitters distributed throughout their service areas. Tech firms argue that would be a “giveaway” that would take away from their ability to use TV “white spaces” (TVWS), the unused spectrum between channels, for wireless broadband. » Read More