CPB Awards TV Digital Funds

CPB Awards TV Digital Funds
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Discussions are underway among CPB, NPR and public radio station leaders to determine the criteria to distribute $3.5 million in federal funds for public radio's digital conversion in 13 seed markets. Guidelines could be available before the year's end, according to CPB.
CPB said in August it dedicated a total of $20 million in federal funds for public TV and radio stations. Today, CPB awarded nearly $20 million in grants to help 58 public television stations make the FCC's May 2003 digital conversion deadline.
In this round of funding, 43 stations will receive a total of more than $12 million from the Digital Universal Service Fund to cover the costs of acquiring a reduced power transmitter, the equipment a station needs to meet the FCC's minimum requirements. Nearly $7.4 million from the Digital Distribution Fund will be provided to 15 stations to help them acquire a full power transmitter and to encourage station collaborations that initiate new rural or educational services.
DUSF competitive funds are available to CPB-qualified public television stations that have not activated a digital transmitter. Special emphasis is placed on assisting small and rural stations to pay for the costs of digital conversion. DUSF funds provide awardees with the equipment needed to deliver a basic digital service to their community.