I want my ITFS: FCC ruling preserves educational broadcast spectrum.The Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. (www.fcc.gov) voted unanimously in June to reject a proposal that would have carved up the ITFS ITFS Instructional Television Fixed Service
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Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. as well as distance learning programs.
ITFS is the only portion of the spectrum licensed exclusively for format educational purposes. More than 330 colleges and universities hold licenses for 752 ITFS stations. ITFS is often used to transmit a broad range of services, such as in-service training for teachers and classroom instruction for students. The proposal would have leased part of the spectrum to commercial entities and reduced the size of each ITFS channel.
Although the FCC killed the proposal, it stiff asked that institutions give up a portion of the spectrum. Some universities lease unused spectrum to communications companies and would have been prevented from continuing to do so had the proposal been passed.
A number of national education organizations and broadcast corporations grouped to oppose the plan, including the American Association American Association refers to one of the following professional baseball leagues:
The group wrote to FCC Chairman Michael Powell in May, urging him to "reject proposals to allow any ITFS spectrum to be sold to commercial entities, or to reduce the total amount of spectrum allocated to ITFS."
Irvin Reid, president of Wayne State University Wayne State University, at Detroit, Mich.; state supported; coeducational; established 1956 as a successor to Wayne Univ. (formed 1934 by a merger of five city colleges). (MI), said the ITFS technology is a key part of advancing educational opportunities. "It provides for distance learning, enables students to take classes at home or at night, and enhances students' access to a wide range of educational resources," he said. "We are shocked that the FCC would consider taking spectrum away from education."
George Boggs, president of the AACC said the FCC should "update outdated technical rules that will allow our members to use ITFS to provide a range of new broadband services, not further complicate and compromise efforts to teach and reach students by allowing for commercial ownership in the band."