FASTROAD (Flexible Advanced Services for Television & Radio On All Devices) was a five-year, multi-million dollar technology advocacy program established by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 2007. The overall mission of the program was to seek and facilitate development and commercialization of new technologies that can be exploited by broadcasters using radio and television broadcast spectrum.
In 2012, the FASTROAD program was incorporated into the broader NAB Labs initiative, which continues to stimulate the development of new technologies for use by radio and television broadcasters.
NAB Labs maintains FASTROAD documentation on this site for its historical value and technical background.
FASTROAD was 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.