From: "westwood1" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Karen Edwards" <email@example.com>
Date: 3/11/98 11:59am
Subject: Handout for PIAC
Dear Karen Edwards,
Would you please distribute the following:
To: Public Interest Advisory Committee
From: National Association of Radio Reading Services, c/o Robert Brummond
Date: March 12, 1998
Re: Digital TV Potential
At your January meeting you learned about closed captioning for the deaf and
hard of hearing, and you also learned about descriptive video services for
the blind and print-impaired viewers. Blind people currently have access to
only about ten percent of the written material readily available to the
The DTV delivery system can take a major stride to make more written
material readily available to those most needing it.
We, therefore, would like you to consider an additional necessary service
which digital TV will be able to provide for the blind and print-impaired
listeners. The potential to deliver newspapers, magazines and books
digitally directly to the users home or office via DTV signals is vital to
blind and print-impaired citizens. This delivery system offers the most
cost-effective means of delivering the greatest amount of information to the
user. The end user, properly equipped with receiving and recording
equipment, can either listen during a live feed of the programming or record
it digitally for a more convenient time of reading.
We are suggesting a system of delivery of newspapers, books and other
written material directly to the user's home or office which can be done for
pennies per hour. This delivery of information is vital to all of us to
function on a daily basis.
Presently Radio Reading Services throughout the country are attempting to
provide some of this vital information over subcarriers on public FM radio
stations. However, their transmission over the subcarriers is being
threatened by commercial interests with deep pockets wishing to lease the
subcarrier space currently being used by the Radio Reading Services.
Also, from a technical standpoint, transmission of analog audio subcarriers
offers minimal good quality, geographic coverage, which is much less than
the regular FM signal. Crosstalk and other shortcomings make this
technology less desirable. The DTV digital stream, along with the more
powerful signal capability, will result in clearer and more flexible
handling of the needed information.
We ask you to consider mandating at least 60 Kbs of each DTV signal to
deliver the above described information. To the extent possible, would you
advise manufacturers to allow for interfacing their receivers with special
equipment to decode and record this digital information.
The issue is to carve out, or mandate, a certain amount of the data stream
for the delivery of audio information along with closed caption and
descriptive video. The National Association of Radio Reading Services
stands available to further elaborate on this subject.
Robert Brummond, Manager of R.A.I.S.E.
75 Haywood St., Suite G-5
Asheville, N.C. 28801