Federal Communications Commission:

Broadcast Services, Television Broadcast Stations, and TV Transmission Standards

OGC-97-18: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1997.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on broadcast services, television broadcast stations, and TV transmission standards. GAO found that the: (1) rule would add a transmission standard for digital broadcast television signals to the FCC's rules so as to provide the certainty broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, and consumers need to invest in the new technology; (2) rule does not mandate conversion to digital television, but does require that digital signals that are transmitted conform to certain specified standards; and (3) FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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