FASTROAD (Flexible Advanced Services for Television & Radio On All Devices) is a multi-year, multi-million dollar technology advocacy program established by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The overall mission of the program is to seek and facilitate development and commercialization of new technologies that can be exploited by broadcasters using radio and television broadcast spectrum.
FASTROAD is a product of the efforts of NAB's Technology Advocacy Committee in accordance with the sustained priority placed on technology by former NAB Joint Board Chairman Bruce Reese and NAB's president and CEO. Consisting of NAB Board members, the NAB Technology Advocacy Committee held its first meeting in March 2006 and subsequently conducted a year-long deliberative decision-making investigation, including briefings by outside consultants, economic and technical analysis of technology developments, and technical review of potential projects through a technology discovery group process. Based on this work, the NAB Board of Directors decided unanimously in January 2007 to launch the program and NAB's Executive Committee approved organizational details in late March 2007. A detailed history can be found by clicking here.
FASTROAD is managed overall by a Steering Committee consisting of NAB executive staff, Board members and other representatives from NAB broadcast member organizations. Project selection and implementation is handled by a Technical Committee of selected NAB member company engineers and staff from the NAB Science and Technology Department. Participation by NPR Laboratories and MSTV has also been established to coordinate with other ongoing technical programs in the radio and television broadcasting sectors. The program will principally concentrate on technologies and services related to over-the-air digital transmission.