Agenda Item No. V. A. 2.

Washburn University Board of Regents







SUBJECT: Digital Television Transmitter for KTWU





DESCRIPTION:



KTWU is requesting approval to purchase a digital television transmitter. A digital television transmitter is required in order to comply with Federal Communication Commission requirements for digital television effective May 2003.

The following proposals were received:

Vendor Total Amount

Thales Broadcast and Multimedia $487,968.00

Acrodyne Industries $578,701.00

Larcan USA Inc. $692,304.00

Itelco USA Inc. $865,408.00

Harris Broadcast $644,491.66





FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:



Funding for the Digital Television Antenna will be from the following:



1. State of Kansas DTV Bonds (made available in July 2001) 50% of purchase price.

2. Federal Grant (PTFP) for DTV (allocated in September 2001) 40% of purchase price.

3. Local Funds from capital campaign fundraising 10% of purchase price.



RECOMMENDATION:



President Farley recommends approval to award a contract to Thales Broadcast and Multimedia for $487,968.









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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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