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When it comes to the C-band debate, he urges commission to remember how much
broadcasters are doing with limited resources

The author is a consulting engineer in Kensett, Iowa. In the context of the ongoing C-band debate, Schacht urges the commissioners to remember how much broadcasters are doing with limited resources. 

Once when I was in 8th grade, which was about two months before rocks were formed, I sat in geography class and as usual was paying no attention to where Egypt or Mesopotamia were located.

Instead, I was drawing out a schematic of the Class B modulator with a pair of 6L6s that I wanted to build for my 40-meter CW rig. Out of a clear blue sky, I heard my name and looked up. The teacher was looking at me with a quizzical expression. It was obvious he had asked me a question. Of course, it had nothing to do with 807s or 6L6s, so I had no idea what would be a good answer.

After a long, sweaty pause, he finally broke the silence with this little gem: “Mr. Schacht, it’s about time you wake up and smell the coffee.”

That line is again applicable today, concerning the FCC and the C-band debacle.

It seems to me that the agency that licenses and controls all of the radio spectrum would vaguely know what everyone else in the communications industry knows: C-band satellite transmission is the lifeblood of television, radio, CATV and a great deal of data transmissions.

Rather than the commission ask every broadcast station and CATV system to register their antenna (of course, for commercial purposes at an unnecessarily high fee!), the commission should require CATV, radio and television that don’t use C-band downlinks to register! There probably are very few, with the exception of LPFMs (I take care of a big 100-watter that does have a C-band downlink).

The C-band downlink is the lifeblood of every CATV system, so I am sure the commission knows where every one of them is. Why can’t the commission just accept the fact that nearly every broadcast station — TV, radio, commercial and non-com — is using C-band downlinks?

Now, on to the frequency allocation. Take a look at the RF spectrum as is currently allocated by the FCC. (If you’re unfamiliar, you can find it in most radio books and all over the internet.) How much spectrum does “radiolocation” need? Yes, this is radar and the like, but I really think what is listed as “radiolocation” is either unoccupied or being saved for government use. Why not share some of that underused spectrum? There’s a whole bunch of it around 3GHz among other places.

Why do we, the broadcasters, have to keeping making concessions for the cellular and broadband people? Other than because money talks, and they have lots of it.

Do you know why the cellular people and broadband people have so much money to bully the FCC around, and the broadcasters and CATV people have so little? That’s because while we certainly are in the business of making money, we are also community servants.

PRIORITIZING SERVICE OVER PROFIT

Right now, as I write this, we are under a tornado warning and severe storm warning in Iowa. The local radio stations are tracking the storms and I am listening to live coverage. All they are doing is using their licensed facilities to keep people safe and save lives.

The cellular people do none of that; they just rake in money to provide a telephone and an internet service that works “some of the time.”

Sure, they send out alerts. I have two cellular phones from different carriers. I hear severe weather alerts on local radio or television as NOAA trips the EAS system. Anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes later, it might trip one or both of my cell phones. By then, the storm has passe,, or I was sucked up in the tornado I didn’t know about, or the Amber Alert missing child is now three states away.

No, neither the cell phones nor the internet even comes close to what the broadcasters provide in their communities. Unlike the cell companies or the broadband providers, the broadcasters will do whatever is necessary to keep the public informed in an emergency: stations operating from their transmitter sites when the studio was leveled by a tornado, AMers stringing up long wires when their tower is toppled. Local radio and television will be there when the public needs them.

QUESTIONABLE RELIABILITY

Have you ever tried to use the internet or cell service for a program link? Yes, both radio and television do, but it ain’t no match for the reliability or quality you get from a satellite. A few of the stations that I deal with have given up carrying some college football teams because the provider went off the bird and onto the internet, and it just isn’t reliable.

Yes, the internet and cell phones are nice, but as toys. If I need to make an important call, I’ll always go to a landline; it sounds good and I won’t lose the call. Maybe, rather than give the cell and broadband more spectrum, the commission should require that they make what they have work and not keep reducing the sample rate of the calls to make more money by squeezing more calls onto each RF carrier.

So, to the FCC: Maybe you should look at less used spectrum for the broadband people, or take it away from somewhere else.

You have taken our TV ENG channels, our over-the-air TV channels, you have had your eyes set on our UHF RPU frequencies and now on our major source of programming outside the studio, the C-band.

We are doing our damned best to serve the people of our communities, over the air, commercial or non-commercial, in spite of the big money trying to make us stop watching free TV or listen to free radio and services that keep us safe.

I think it’s time for the FCC to wake up and smell the coffee!

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Proposes to create a second regime of protection for full-service FM, Class D, FM translators, FM boosters and other LPFM stations


WASHINGTON — REC Networks filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC calling for changes in how LPFM stations are required to protect FM translators. There’s a lot to digest here, and for those interested in LPFM and its impact on others, it’s worth a deeper read here .

In the June 13 filing (RM-11810), REC’s Michelle Bradley writes that the petition addresses “various issues that had been precluding a more successful deployment of Low Power FM stations, especially in suburban and core urban areas.”

Specifically, “REC proposes to create a §73.815 Regime of protection for protecting full-service FM, Class D, FM translators, FM boosters and other LPFM stations which is available to LPFM stations that specify locations that do not meet the current distance separation requirements of §73.807.”

According to a summary on REC’s website, “Due to the way the LCRA was worded, REC is making a case that a table of lower distances, originally intended for 10 watt LPFM stations was codified in the rules when the LCRA was enacted and that the Commission can use those numbers.” Bradley also notes that many of the suggestions were previously was raised in the 2017 Media Modernization proceeding (MB Docket 17-105).

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between the current and proposed second regimes:

Current Regime (§73.807)

  • 50 to 100 watts at 30 meters HAAT. (up to a 5.6 km service contour)
  • Protects full-service stations using specific distance separations.
  • Protects FM translators and LPFM stations using specific distance separations.
  • Because of distance separation, any interference to other facilities is non-actionable. Full-service stations that file subsequent applications can only legally displace an LPFM station if there is LPFM interfering contour overlap in the city grade contour of city of license of the modified full-service station.

Second Regime (§73.815)

  • 50 to 250 watts at 30 meters HAAT. (up to a 7.1 km service contour)
  • Protects full-service stations by contours but must also meet a distance separation using reduced requirements from §73.807.
  • Protects FM translators and LPFM stations using contours.
  • Because of using contours, any interference to or from other facilities is actionable and will be handled through similar rules used by FM translators.
  • Second (§73.815) Regime applies only if the LPFM creates a new or increased §73.807 short-spacing of full-service or translators or if the LPFM wishes to operate with a faciliy that exceeds 100 watts at 30m HAAT (maximum 250 watts at 30m HAAT).

Additionally, the petition sugggests a variety of changes that reflect what they consider to be the “maturity” of the LPFM service, and also “allows LPFM stations more options for changes and presents them in a manner that is respectful to Commission policy and decorum and does not put the grant of any existing cross-service FM translator license at risk.”

In the petition’s conclusion, Bradley urges the commission to “adopt this rulemaking and help move LPFM forward to the next generation in a manner that strikes a balance between community need and crowded spectrum while respecting the status quo.”

Read the full petition online here.

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Trace J Goodman

Los Angeles, CA – June 2018… Goodman Audio Services, Inc. of Los Angeles, an audio company that serves the live event, special event, television, corporate, and entertainment event industries were recently contracted to design and deploy a broadcast audio and communications system in Burbank California for a large interactive gaming and entertainment company. Trace J Goodman, president, system designer, and project manager at Goodman Audio Services, deployed several products from the Glensound product line for the new esports venue, which include eight Inferno Single Commentators Boxes for Dante® audio networks, four Vita Plus Commentary Units with Talkback and Dante Interfaces, a Beatrice Mix32 fixed ratio mixer with compressors, and four Dark88 Dante Audio Network 8 Input, 8 Output break out boxes.

“For this project,” Goodman explained, “We designed and provided the audio systems for broadcast mixes, audience PA, hallway speaker systems, commentator boxes, wireless mic, and IFB (interruptible foldback), along with a full production wired, wireless PL, and radio interface communications system—all connected through Dante. The Glensound products assume an integral role in delivering both the audio quality and the system flexibility necessary for a venue of this nature.”

“Of the Glensound products,” Goodman added, “the Inferno commentator boxes are the units we rely on the most to support the commentators. A key reason we selected the Inferno boxes for this function was the inclusion of a Dante interface. A single CAT5 connection to a POE (Power Over Ethernet) switch anywhere on the Dante network, having complete control over gain structure, and the ability to provide multiple mixes and feeds within nearly seconds of the request, made the Inferno the ideal choice for this project.”

According to Goodman, “The most important feature we required of the commentator boxes—and that Glensound met—was the ability to adjust mic gain over the Dante network while the mic was being used. Not having to wait for a break and then bother the commentator to adjust their box was a major advantage of the Inferno and Vita Plus. Equally important, it sounds and operates great. We’ve been so pleased with our Glensound equipment that we recently added 6 Inferno commentary units, 2 Dark 88 network audio interfaces, plus a Dark 1616M analog and AES interface with remote mic amps.”

“We also utilized the Vita Plus commentator boxes for the voiceover booth and remote stages,” Goodman added. Goodman utilizes the Beatrice Mix32 fixed ratio mixer to provide fixed, predetermined Dante mixes, which is available to mix IFBs and any channels that need to be combined to a single output. “We use the Glensound Dark88 I/O’s, which provide easy access to and from the Dante network, in various places throughout the facility,” Goodman said.

When designing and deploying a sophisticated studio production audio and communications system of this size and using some products that are newer to the market, having top-notch quality support from the manufacture is key. “Ever since we first started working with the Vita Plus, we’ve had a very positive experience with the support we’ve received from Arne Toshner at ASK Sales,” says Goodman. “All of our questions were immediately addressed by either Arnie or by getting Glensound support on the line. Glensound support services were and continue to be unsurpassed. “We have not experienced manufacturer support like this anywhere else.”

Goodman and the engineers using the systems implemented in the studio report that the Glensound products are delivering beyond expectations, “The Glensound products sound great and deliver a wealth of functionality. Combine this with the support and attention to customer satisfaction that Glensound and ASK Sales has shown and you have a winning combination.”

To learn more about Goodman Audio Services, Inc. of Los Angeles, visit the company online at www.goodmanaudio.com .

About Glensound and ASK Sales

Located in Maidstone, Kent, UK, Glensound is a manufacturer of high quality audio equipment for the world’s broadcast and commercial audio markets. Manufacturing all products in-house to ensure both performance and reliability, Glensound’s catalog encompasses Balance Converters, AD/DA Converters, Commentary Systems, Dante® Networked Audio, Headphone Amplifiers, Intercom Equipment, and Audio Mixers, and more. For additional information, visit the company online at www.glensound.co.uk . ASK Sales (http://askproaudiosales.com/ ) is the exclusive distributor of Glensound in North America.

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Filers have expressed concern about difficulties of prepping info for filing

WASHINGTON — To gather more accurate information about existing earth stations and to better determine if access to the 3.7–4.2 GHz band should be expanded, the Federal Communications Commission is giving fixed-satellite service earth stations more time to detail their current usage of C Band spectrum.

Back in April of this year, four FCC bureaus issued a Public Notice announcing a temporary freeze on the filing of new or modification applications for FSS earth station licenses, FSS receive-only earth station registrations and fixed microwave licenses in the 3.7–4.2 GHz frequency band. This was done to give the FCC an accurate snapshot of the C Band landscape. The commission is looking into the feasibility of permitting terrestrial broadband use within this band and will consider an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this issue at its July Open Meeting.

Since the beginning of the freeze, however, many parties have shared their concerns with the FCC about the volume of unregistered earth stations and the difficulties that many of these operators may be facing in preparing information for filing.

These parties indicate that without some relief, many operators will be unable to satisfy the filing deadline and the commission will be without accurate information for its deliberations in the midband proceeding,” the FCC said in a public notice released June 21 .

As a result, the International Bureau has extended the 90-day filing date for an additional 90 days — until October 17 — in order to provide operators with more time to file applications. Keep in mind that only earth stations constructed and operational as of April 19, are eligible for filing during this window.

That original 90-day filing window was due to expire on July 18.The FCC also waived the coordination report requirement for the duration of the freeze and clarified that applications to register multiple FSS antennas in this band (those located at the same location) may be filed by using a single registration form and paying a single fee. The bureau also announced that those who are registering a large number of geographically diverse earth stations can submit a single network license to ease issues with batch filing.

The National Association of Broadcasters has been vocal in expressing its concerns about sharing C Band spectrum with wireless operators. In a filing submitted earlier this month, the NAB urged the commission to require proponents of expanded use to submit specific and detailed technical proposals to the commission. “That is the only way to allow stakeholders to provide informed comments and analysis to guide the commission’s decision-making process,” the NAB said.

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Potential job seekers can register to obtain free entry to the Career Fair and Exhibit Hall


WASHINGTON — September’s Radio Show will feature a Career Fair, Sept. 27 from 12–3 p.m., hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation and the Broadcast Education Foundation.

A release said, “The Career Fair will provide experienced professionals and entry-level job seekers the opportunity to network with major radio companies. Employment opportunities include radio sales, technology, management and on-air positions, among others.”

Potential job seekers can register here using code CF18 to obtain free entry to the Career Fair and Radio Show Exhibit Hall.

Companies interested in participating can secure a booth for $200 by completing an online recruiter registration form . All recruiters receive Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) credit for their participation.

Radio Show, produced by the NAB and RAB, will be held Sept. 25–28 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek and the Waldorf-Astoria Orlando.

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At IHSE’s BroadcastAsia2018 stand (6F3-01), visitors will see award-winning products such as Draco tera enterprise matrix switches for large-scale KVM systems, Draco compact matrix switches for small to mid-size KVM systems, and a full line of Draco ultra series KVM extenders for HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and SDI signal formats.

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Photo Caption: IHSE will showcase its award-winning products at BroadcastAsia2018.

IHSE Draco tera KVM Extenders and Matrix Switches
IHSE Draco tera products are used throughout the broadcast industry to streamline the broadcast workflow, connecting producers, editors, engineers, and production staff to essential applications hosted on remote devices.

Stand visitors will experience the benefits of IHSE KVM switches as they apply to the broadcast workflow. In particular, they will see firsthand how quickly the system switches between different source computers and gain an impression of the benefits this technology brings to the broadcast and postproduction worlds.

IHSE will demonstrate KVM extension and switching of HD and 4K video signals, using the latest products to show the superb image quality they handle. This illustrates the reasons so many broadcast and postproduction organizations around the world choose to deploy IHSE KVM switching systems.

Draco vario Remote IP-CPU Extender
IHSE will showcase its new Draco vario Remote IP-CPU extender module, an expansion of the company’s successful Draco vario series. This first-of-its-kind virtual KVM solution enables the integration of virtual servers into existing Draco tera KVM physical switch systems, creating a streamlined multitasking virtual environment where multiple operating systems and applications can be accessed directly from the physical consoles of the Draco KVM system.

The IP-CPU extender module is particularly suited to control rooms with virtualized process automation, network operations centers that require real-time access to real and virtual target devices, and TV and film industry environments that rely increasingly on virtualized desktops. Users can access virtual machines directly from their own KVM-connected workstations via RDP (remote desktop protocol) or perform simple PC maintenance remotely. The extensive functionality of the Draco KVM system offers options such as real-time switching; sharing; private mode; and flexible, unrestricted access to all connected computers and virtual machines. For example, companies that have different departmental or branch-office applications written for different operating systems can consolidate them under one virtual server and access them all directly from the physical KVM console.

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Photo Caption: IHSE Draco vario Remote IP-CPU Extender

About IHSE USA
IHSE USA is a leading provider of KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) products supporting long-distance signal extenders and switching for DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, USB, audio, and RS-232 serial data. For 30 years, IHSE has been developing new and innovative ways of supporting next-generation products for KVM and signal extenders. IHSE technology is deployed worldwide by public and private organizations in industries such as broadcasting, postproduction, government and military, medical, financial, and oil and petroleum. The company offers a complete line of DVI and HDMI video extenders over Cat-X or fiber-optic cables for mission-critical video and data access.

Link to Word Doc: www.wallstcom.com/IHSE/180621IHSE.docx

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WUPPERTAL, Germany — June 21, 2018 — The House of Dancing Water, a breathtaking in-the-round water show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group for Macau’s City of Dreams entertainment complex, is extending its in-house communications capabilities with Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercoms. Bolero will provide comprehensive, reliable, and integrated wireless capabilities that leverage the facility’s existing Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system, in operation since 2014.

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Designed by Pei Partnership Architects, the state-of-the-art Dancing Water Theatre created for The House of Dancing Water includes a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools. The arena also boasts a 40-meter-high steel-trussed space that provides the generous heights required for the show’s diving and acrobatics elements. The show itself centers on an epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes and special effects.

“A show as complex as The House of Dancing Water would simply not be possible without reliable, stable, and flexible communications between and among our cast and crew members,” said Nicolas Hammond, Head of Sound, Dragone Macau Limited. “We’re already sold on the quality and flexibility of Riedel’s Artist, so it was only natural to choose Bolero for our upgrade to wireless comms.”

The Riedel-based communications infrastructure is the result of a collaborative effort between Hammond and Assistant Head of Sound David Sharrock, with the support of The House of Dancing Water sound team. Going live in June, the new Bolero system extends the existing Riedel infrastructure, including two Artist 64 frames and two Artist 32 frames, to enable clear and reliable communications for all cast members and crew throughout the Dancing Water Theatre. Motocross stunt riders and acrobatic performers, coupled with the technical teams, will use the intercom system for continual communication during the show, which features visuals, water, and atmospheric effects. Even in the aquatics area, the Bolero/Artist combination will support communications with performers and underwater performer handlers in the pool via underwater speakers, in-mask communications systems, and buddy phones.

Programming flexibility is another extremely important requirement for the production, and Bolero will enable the team to customize the system to meet the needs of individuals and departments. Riedel’s Director software enables intuitive management and configuration of the system while also facilitating real-time system monitoring by the sound department.

“Remote monitoring and fewer moving parts means we can operate and maintain the system much more efficiently, giving us more time to work actively on solutions for users. And the outstanding build quality of the Bolero belt packs means our consumables and service/repair costs will go down dramatically,” Hammond added. “Also, we can’t speak highly enough about the fantastic service we’ve received from Riedel. The personal connections we’ve built with the Riedel team and their outgoing and professional manner have made working with Riedel a pleasure, and we know that support is always just a message away.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net .

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Riedel is headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany, and employs over 500 people in 19 locations throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Description of Photos: The House of Dancing Water has extended its in-house communications capabilities with Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercoms.

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Interra Systems’ BATON Platform Provides Extensive Audio and Video Quality Checks, Setting the Bar for Efficiency, Reliability, and Scalability

CUPERTINO, Calif. — June 21, 2018 — Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) has deployed Interra Systems’ BATON file-based QC solution and Content Corrector in its Seoul facility to streamline quality control (QC) operations. Transitioning from an entirely manual-based QC process to one that is automated, EBS can deliver superior quality, error-free content.

“EBS handles a massive number of video files on a daily basis, which makes it all the more imperative that our QC process is fast, efficient, and reliable in terms of helping us meet rigorous standards and compliance requirements,” said Bora Jung, Broadcast Engineering Division, at Korea Educational Broadcasting System. “BATON handles every type of QC check you can think of, from video to audio, closed captions and even loudness correction. Since we no longer have to devote manual labor to these tasks, we can focus on content development, creation, and additional business growth opportunities.”

EBS is using BATON for QC for all content prior to playout. The broadcaster is also utilizing Interra Systems’ BATON Content Corrector to detect and correct loudness issues automatically, guaranteeing compliance with Korea’s audio specifications. Featuring a scalable architecture that will grow in parallel with EBS’ QC requirements, BATON provides a wide range of checks, including MXF compliance and corruption, in-depth audio and video, container to elementary metadata, and loudness correction. BATON’s high availability feature ensures seamless operations even if one of the hardware components breaks down.

“Maintaining high quality for audio is just as important as video, especially given the government regulations for loudness that exist today,” said Kanishka Tongya, sales director, APAC and MEA, Interra Systems. “EBS’ QC workflow is unique because it automatically identifies and corrects audio loudness issues, in addition to providing real-time checks and verification for video. Using automation and software, BATON sets the benchmark for QC efficiency, reliability, and scalability.”

More information about Interra Systems solutions can be found at www.interrasystems.com .

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About Interra Systems (www.interrasystems.com )

Interra Systems is a global provider of enterprise-class solutions that streamline the classification, quality control (QC) process, and monitoring of media content across the entire creation and distribution chain. Relying on Interra Systems’ comprehensive video insights, media businesses can deliver video with high quality of experience, address new market trends, and improve monetization.

Widely adopted by broadcast, cable, telco, satellite, IPTV, OTT, and postproduction markets around the world, Interra Systems’ products enable better quality video, reduced exposure to regulatory issues, and higher customer satisfaction. Featuring AI- and machine learning-enabled algorithms, along with a flexible, software-defined architecture, Interra Systems’ solutions support a variety of deployment scenarios, including the cloud, for higher performance, scalability, and efficiency.

The company’s industry-leading solutions include BATON, a next-generation hybrid QC solution that delivers comprehensive capabilities way beyond standard automated QC; ORION™ and ORION™-OTT real-time content monitors assuring high QoE; and VEGA™ media analyzers for compliance and debugging of encoded streams.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: Interra Systems BATON Automated, File-Based Quality Control Solution

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Compact units monitor FM and DAB signals



DB45

BURGAS, Bulgaria — DEVA Broadcast will begin shipping its DB45 and DB46 monitors in July, the company announced.

With a DSP-based core and a compact, practical design, FM signal monitor DB45 promises accurate parameter measurement, including the RF level, MPX deviation, MPX power, left and right audio levels, RDS, and pilot injection levels.

Upon demodulation of the FM signal, the SDR FM tuner digitizes the RF signal and all processing is achieved through algorithm calculations, explains the company. The DB45 also features an “easy-to-use” web interface, a built-in audio streamer, which lets users listen to and record audio from any station, and TCP/IP (GSM connectivity is optional) for remote monitoring.


DB46

The DB46 DAB monitor, which DEVA says is developed on the same principle of combining reliability and practicality, is ETSI EN 300 401 DAB standard compliant. It supports AAC, AAC+, MP3 and RTP and is compatible with various media platforms, including Icecast and Shoutcast. DB46 also supports Program Associated Data, standard bitrates and VBR, as well as automatically displaying live metadata.

The unit monitors and logs signal information in addition to left and right audio level values, thus allowing users to analyze data at a later date. Configuration and control can be accessed through the front-panel menu or remotely through a PC, tablet or smart phone via a standard web browser. Android and iOS devices are also supported. 

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Pending the approved merger with Sprint, the company intends to offer in-home internet services to roughly 9.5M American households by 2024

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sprint and T-Mobile announced their plan to merge back in April and are in the process of obtaining consent from the Department of Justice, the FCC and other federal regulatory bodies, and hope to close their proposed transaction by early next year. 

Many Wall Street analysts haven’t given the transaction very good odds, according to fiercewireless.com , “though that may be changing given AT&T’s recent move to close its purchase of Time Warner over the DoJ’s opposition.”

If regulators approve their merger proposal, Sprint and T-Mobile plan to offer in-home internet services to roughly 9.5 million American households by 2024, or about 13% of the country. The company said that figure would give it a market penetration of around 7%, making it the nation’s fourth largest in-home ISP, based on current subscriber counts, according to the same article. 

In their filing, Sprint and T-outlined their plans to sell services to in-home broadband users, in competition to established ISPs like Verizon, Charter and Comcast. “Today, 19% of households could eliminate their home broadband subscription entirely by tethering on a T-Mobile two-line plan. New T-Mobile will accelerate this trend by providing an increasingly viable alternative to in-home broadband. By 2024, 35 to 45% of households could completely eliminate their home broadband subscription and rely on New T-Mobile for all their broadband needs,” according to Fierce Wireless. 

In order to do this, the “new” T-Mobile would develop a “blended” 5G network with (what is now) Sprint, using high-, low- and mid-band radio spectrum, in order to deliver average network speeds of 450-Mbit/s, which is faster than many fixed DSL and cable offerings in the U.S. today, according to lightreading.com

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