Clyburn Launches ATSC 3.0 Twitter Campaign

Says she has concerns about impact on consumers

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has launched a Twitter campaign to register her concerns with the ATSC 3.0 rollout framework the FCC is planning to vote on Nov. 16.

Remember when I asked as part of #NextGenTV NPRM that there be complete assurances that #consumers will not be burdened w/ unwanted, unexpected costs? Not looking good despite nxt week’s @FCC action.

— Mignon Clyburn (@MClyburnFCC) November 9, 2017

ATSC 3.0 is the next gen broadcast transmission standard that the FCC is authorizing broadcasters to roll out on a voluntary basis, though if they do start using it they must continue to simulcast in the 1.0 signals current TV sets can receive--ATSC 3.0 is not backwards compatible.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposalincludes not preventing TV stations from including ATSC 3.0 signals in retransmission consent negotiations for current 1.0 signals saying those are marketplace negotiations best left there. Cable operators have argued that allowing bundled negotiations could prematurely force them to pay for both signals, a cost that would be passed on to consumers.