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IdahoPTV Translators Going Digital

August 12 2011 by Peter Morrill

 The summer has been busy with on-going work to convert IdahoPTV’s statewide network of rural translators to digital. In breaking news, the Federal Communications Commission just issue orders identifying September 1, 2015 as the deadline to convert our nation’s translators to digital. Based on current conditions, this date should not pose a major problem for IdahoPTV and our translators.


This summer we’ve converted the systems that serve St. Maries, Kellogg, Juliaetta, Cottonwood/Grangeville and McCall/Brundage. So far, 28 of IdahoPTV’s 42 translators will be broadcasting in digital format, four free channels of programming including the Idaho Channel (HD), Plus (wide screen), Learn/Create and World.


 In addition, work is progressing well on the new backup power system for IdahoPTV’s Network Operations Center in Boise. This project was funded by the now de-funded US Department of Commerce Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) and the state of Idaho. The project is expected to be completed by mid-September.

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