Summit County could soon have more television translators to help boost broadcast signals over the mountains to isolated communities because of a new Federal Communications Commission ruling.
The FCC has announced it will consider placement of translators closer together than normal because mountainous terrain should prevent their signals from interfering.That ruling was sought for three years by Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, a member of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, which oversees the FCC.
In fact, Nielson recently included a provision in the FCC reauthorization bill that would force the FCC to consider such applications, possibly prompting the agency's action.
"During the license-application process, the FCC looks at the world as if it were flat, not taking into account the fact that mountains can interfere with broadcast signals," Nielson said. "Such a policy prevented communities such as Summit County from retransmitting television signals to isolated communities."