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APTS, NAB Ask FCC to Keep Rolling on DTS

(Image credit: iStock) WASHINGTON—America’s Public Television Stations and the NAB are happy with the actions so far by the FCC when it comes to potential changes to rules regarding Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS) and the deployment of ATSC 3. 0, and wants the commission to keep the momentum going. Comments jointly filed by the APTS and NAB last week regarding a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to DTS see the two organizations praising the FCC’s expeditious movement on the issue and hope to continue to do so as they believe rules that allow for the greater use of DTS systems will provide superior coverage, particularly at the edges of stations’ service areas, while also enhancing the principle of localism. “As stations plan to transition to ATSC 3. 0 in the coming months and years, each station’s specific deployment plans may in many cases be influenced by the potential for DTS deployments to provide robust coverage,” the comments read. “Expeditious approval of the requested changes will improve service to viewers, encourage investment and speed the rollout of ATSC 3.

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