ERIC Number: ED052629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Instructional Television Fixed Service: Assessment of the Technical and Educational State of the Art.
Birmingham, Francis Richard, Jr.
Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) is comprised of 31 television channels in the 2500-2690 MHz frequency range reserved by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for use by educational institutions and organizations. This study delineates the history of instructional television with special reference to ITFS and provides a consideration of the relationships among various alternate methods of television distribution. Conclusions regarding the state of the art of ITFS are based on the author's survey of the present ITFS licensees and applicants, interviews with persons involved in various aspects of ITFS utilization, and personal visits to individual ITFS systems. Survey results are geographically depicted to indicate comparisons among systems in terms of size, staff, equipment, budget, and utilization. The study provides statistical profiles of the 65 ITFS systems on the air in April 1970 and a directory of persons responsible for individual systems. Appendixes include tables of frequency assignments, information on private users of the ITFS band, and FCC application procedures. The author concludes that the problems of ITFS stem more from the administrative and educational structure than from any deficiency in the bases engineering capabilities of ITFS. A series of suggestions to remedy these problems is listed. (Author/JY)
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Authoring Institution: Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC. School of Education.