Use BROADCAST ACTIVATION/EXTENSION

if your application includes the following types of projects.

            Priority

            Type of Projects

Priority 1A

Activation projects for stations that (1) provide the first public radio or public television signal in a geographic area, and (2) that include local origination capability.

Priority 1B

Activation projects for stations that provide the first public radio or public television signal in a geographic area but do not include local origination capability (usually repeater transmitters or translators).

Priority 1C

Satellite downlinks and Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) equipment that would bring nationally distributed programming to a geographic area for the first time.

Priority 3

First local origination capacity to an area already receiving the same type (radio or TV) of public broadcasting service from distant sources (through translators, repeaters, or cable systems). Priority 3 projects establish a new public broadcast facility, or add local origination to an existing facility.

Priority 4A

Activation of public broadcasting facilities that address underserved needs in an area already served by other public broadcasting facilities of the same type (radio or TV).

Special Applications (services for the visually and aurally handicapped )

New facilities to serve the visually or aurally handicapped via broadcast technologies, such as SCA channels on analog radio stations, multi-cast channels on digital radio stations, or closed-captioning and SAP channels on television stations, should respond to the evaluation criteria as listed in the "Broadcast Activation" section.

Broadcast Other

 

(Other cases)

Innovative broadcast projects that do not fit within the 5 broadcast priorities and that address demonstrated and substantial community needs. Digital Conversion of analog translators should be placed in the Broadcast Other category and respond to the evaluation criteria as listed in the "Broadcast Equipment Replacement" section.




 Use BROADCAST EQUIPMENT

REPLACEMENT/IMPROVEMENT/AUGMENTATION

if your application includes the following type of projects

            Priority

            Type of Projects

Priority 2

Urgent REPLACEMENT of obsolete or worn out basic equipment at stations providing the only public signal, or the only locally originated public signal, to a geographical area.


Stand-by power generators and UPS systems for radio and television if not funded by the PBS WARN project..


Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) equipment for radio.

Closed captioning equipment for television.


Equipment replacement of infrastructure such as towers and microwave.

Priority 4A

URGENT REPLACEMENT projects that do not qualify for Priority 2 because the applicant is not the only public radio (or public television) station in a geographic area; Improvement of stations that provide significant amounts of national programming; satellite downlinks for radio station in areas already served by a public radio station.


Stand-by power generators and UPS systems, PRSS equipment, closed captioning equipment and television infrastructure as mentioned under Priority 2.

Priority 4B

IMPROVEMENT and non-urgent replacement of equipment (i.e. where the equipment is not "worn out" ).

Priority 5A & 5B

AUGMENTATION projects: 5A - to equip an existing station beyond the basic capacity to broadcast programming from distant sources, such as a remote studio or mobile production facilities; 5B - to augment production capacity beyond basic level in order to originate programming for other than local distribution.

Special Application (Services for the visual or aurally handicapped)

Facilities currently serving the visually or aurally handicapped via broadcast technologies that request equipment replacement, improvement or augmentation should respond to the criteria as listed in the "Broadcast Equipment Replacement" section.

Broadcast Other


(Other cases)

Digital Conversion of analog translators should be placed in the Broadcast Other category and respond to the evaluation criteria as listed in the "Broadcast Equipment Replacement" section.




 Use NON-BROADCAST ACTIVATIONS AND EXTENSIONS
if your application includes the following types of projects:

            Priority

            Type of Projects

Special Applications--

Distance Learning using ITFS (EBS), fiber-optic, cable, microwave, or satellites

Under current law, we may only establish or expand the service areas of non-broadcast projects and we are not permitted to fund replacement or improvement of equipment at non-broadcast facilities. For further information, please see the "Statement of Program Policies."




This page was last updated: 2/03/11