ERIC Number: ED115235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Satellite Technology Demonstration's Experiences with Varied Terrestrial Signal Distribution Methods. Satellite Technology Demonstration, Technical Report No. 0335.
Anderson, Frank; And Others
Though the Satellite Technology Demonstration (STD) system had the capacity to deliver quality broadcast signals to specially designed ground terminals its budget did not provide for more than one receiver in each rural community. In order to translate the satellite signal into a broadcast available to the individual home viewer, several systems were available: (1) rebroadcast the signal via standard public television; (2) use microwave for direct transmission from one location to another; (3) use a translator station to repeat and amplify the signal in isolated locations; and (4) rebroadcast the signal via community cable television. In each region where STD was employed, different combinations of technology were used to reach the largest audience possible. Unique plans were developed in Roundup, Montana; Ely, Nevada; Osborn, Idaho; and Elko, Neveda. Based on this experiment, future telecommunications managers are advised to learn to: (1) promote consensus among participants; (2) be willing to use a variety of technological adaptations; (3) provide potential users with sample programs; and (4) consider the size of the audience and the cost of the broadcast well in advance. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federation of Rocky Mountain States, Inc., Denver, CO.