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Charting the Digital Broadcasting Future

Charting the Digital Broadcasting Future

Charting the Digital Broadcasting Future, the Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Public Internet Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters is available in PDF format. (~160 pages)

Also available here are the following sections in HTML format:

Transmittal letter to Vice President Gore from Co-chairs Ornstein and Moonves
Executive Summary
Introduction

Section I. The Origins and Future Prospects of Digital Television What Is Digital Television? A Brief History of Digital Television Technology How Digital Television Will Evolve: The Plan Challenges That Remain What Kinds of DTV Programming and Services to Offer? Technical Issues Investment Costs Consumer Demand for DTV Must-Carry Regulations Siting and Construction of DTV Towers Public Interest Obligations


Section II. The Public Interest Standard in Television Broadcasting The Origins of the Public Interest Standard Spectrum Scarcity and the Public Trustee Model Broadcast Television and Democratic Deliberation The Primary Applications of the Public Interest Standard Encouraging Diversity of Programming Broadcasting as a Forum for Political Discourse Broadcasting as a Force for Localism The Public Interest in Children’s Educational Programming Access for Persons with Disabilities Equal Employment Opportunity Conclusion

Section III. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee Recommendation 1: Disclosure of Public Interest Activities by Broadcasters Recommendation 2: Voluntary Standards of Conduct Recommendation 3: Minimum Public Interest Requirements Recommendation 4: Improving Education Through Digital Broadcasting Recommendation 5: Multiplexing and the Public Interest Recommendation 6: Improving the Quality of Political Discourse Recommendation 7: Disaster Warning in the Digital Age Recommendation 8: Disability Access to Digital Programming Recommendation 9: Diversity in Broadcasting Recommendation 10: New Approaches to Public Interest Obligations in the New Television Environment

Section IV. Supplemental Statements Joint statement of Leslie Moonves and Norman Ornstein, Co-chairs

Statement of Charles Benton, Frank M. Blythe, Peggy Charren, Frank H. Cruz, Richard Masur, Newton N. Minow, Jose Luis Ruiz, Shelby Schuck Scott, Gigi B. Sohn, Karen Peltz Strauss, and James Yee; Cass R. Sunstein and Robert D. Glaser join in Part I only
Part I: Political Discourse | Part II: Mandatory Minimum Standards | Part III: Multiplexing

Statement of Charles Benton on Funding New Education Digital Broadcast Channels, in which Frank M. Blythe, Peggy Charren, Frank H. Cruz, Newton N. Minow, Cass R. Sunstein, Gigi B. Sohn, and James Yee join Statement of Frank H. Cruz, in which Frank M. Blythe and Newton N. Minow join Statement of Robert W. Decherd, Harold C. Crump, and William F. Duhamel, Ph.D. Statement of Barry Diller Statement of James F. Goodmon Supporting Minimum Standards for Digital Television Broadcasters including the report of the Working Group on Minimum Public Interest Standards with attachment. Statement of Paul A. La Camera Statement of Newton N. Minow, dissenting to Recommendation 6: Improving the Quality of Political Discourse, in which Charles Benton, Frank M. Blythe, and James Yee join Statement of Cass R. Sunstein, in which Charles Benton, Frank M. Blythe, Peggy Charren, Frank H. Cruz, Richard Masur, Newton N. Minow, Gigi B. Sohn, and Karen Peltz Strauss join Statement of of Lois Jean White

Appendixes Appendix A. Public Interest Programming and Community Service Certification Form Appendix B. Model Voluntary Code of Conduct for Digital Television Broadcasters (with Letter From Office of the Assistant Attorney General) Appendix C. Statement of Principles of Radio and Television Broadcasting Appendix D. Innovative Approaches to Public Interest Responsibilities: A Comparative Analysis Appendix E. History of the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters Appendix F. Executive Order No. 13038 and Charter of the Advisory Committee with PIAC Charter Appendix G. Biographies of Advisory Committee Members

www.benton.org/PIAC/report.html
Posted 1/26/99

Last updated: 03 May 1999