Federal Communications Commission:

MDS and ITFS Two-Way Transmissions

OGC-99-23: Published: Dec 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1998.

Multimedia:

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS) and Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) two-way transmissions. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would permit multichannel MDS and ITFS licensees to make more flexible use of their 6 megahertz (MHz) channels through the use of digital technology; (2) MDS is primarily used for wireless cable service to subscribers, while ITFS is primarily used for one-way video service to students; (3) under the revised rule, licensees would be able to utilize all or any part of their 6 MHz channels for two-way service; they will have the ability to use response station hubs as collection points for transmissions from a subscriber for which the operators will be issued blanket licenses instead of separate licenses for each hub; redefines signal booster stations to allow such stations to originate transmissions as well as to relay them from other stations; and permits booster stations to cellularize wireless cable operations in areas too large to be served by a single station; (4) the rule would also permit ITFS licensees to lease excess channel capacity to MDS operators; and (5) FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

Dec 2, 2014

Sep 17, 2014

Jul 22, 2014

Jun 23, 2014

Apr 23, 2014

Mar 10, 2014

Jan 6, 2014

May 23, 2013

May 22, 2013

May 21, 2013

Looking for more? Browse all our products here