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Implementation Team 5 – Tower Network

Tower Network I-Team Scope

The goal of the Tower Network Implementation Team (TN-IT) is to design, implement, test, validate, and demonstrate the Inter-Tower Communications Network (ITCN) and In-band Distribution Link (IDL). IDL is a one-way distribution system that will provide the program feed to (SFN) towers in the manner of an STL (Studio to Transmitter Link). The ITCN may additionally distribute Broadcast Internet data. In-band full-duplex technology may be used on a portion of the broadcast spectrum to distribute TV program and data, potentially unrelated to video content, where the transmission and reception occurs simultaneously on the same RF band. ITCN is designed to link all broadcast towers to form a Tower Communications Network (cluster) for control, monitoring, data communication, and localized datacast and broadcast services. The systems developed may utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor, configure and direct process flow, bandwidth requirements and diversity schemes for ITCN and IDL along with other technologies to enhance overall capabilities and to allow for future growth. Channel sharing and bonding may be considered.

Participation:

Participation in the Tower Network I-Team is open to all organizations offering or planning to offer services, products or other efforts relating to or supporting the scope and goals of the Team. Participating organizations must agree to abide by policies established by the ATSC Board of Directors.

Fees:

The base annual fee for participation in the Tower Network Implementation Team is $500 for ATSC members and $1,500 for organizations that are not ATSC members, pro-rated quarterly. The Base Annual Fee may be adjusted from time to time as authorized by the Team. Additional fees may be charged for specific activities as determined by the I-Team. These fees can be used to offset incurred costs.

Participation Agreement:

Participation in the Tower Network Implementation Team will require organizations to sign a Participation Agreement. See link below.

Decision-Making:

It is expected that most decisions will be made by consensus. Where necessary a voting process with one vote per participating organization, on a simple majority basis, will be used to achieve group agreements.

Tower Network IT Participation Agreement Form.

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