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By Executive Order No. 13038, President Clinton established the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters (PIAC). The Committee studied and recommended the public interest responsibilities that should accompany the broadcasters' receipt of digital television licenses. NTIA serves as the Secretariat for the Advisory Committee.

The committee's report was released on December 18, 1998. View the report, in PDF format (2.2 MB). (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.) An HTML version of the report formatted by the Benton Foundation is available for those who cannot view the PDF version.

The President selected 22 members from the broadcasting industry, public interest community, computer industry, academia, and labor community. Members are appointed for the duration of the Committee, which will present its report to Vice President Gore on October 1, 1998 and terminate on or before October 31, 1998, unless renewed by Executive Order.

Please see the "About the Committee" page for copies of the Executive Orders, a list of members, member biographies and other Committee information. Summary minutes, transcripts, and materials provided to the members in advance of or at each meeting are available for each meeting. Where possible, the Secretariat provides an electronic copy of meeting materials either directly on the PIAC website or through a link to the organization which submitted the material.

Please note that this site includes links to private and other public sites that contain related information, public comments provided to the Committee, statements of Committee panel members, and other material that may be of interest to the public. Provision of these links does not express or imply endorsement by the Commerce Department, NTIA, or the Advisory Committee.

Committee information, meeting minutes, and documents produced for and by the Committee are available at this site and can also be obtained by calling 202-482-1880, or by written request to:

Karen Edwards
Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters
NTIA - Room 4720
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230

For more information please contact Karen Edwards or Sandra Laousis at

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