Markey Sets Hearings to Examine Digital Transition Process

Sep 25, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Expressing continuing doubts about whether the digital transition is going smoothly enough, the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s telecom panel is setting two October hearings to explore whether more needs to be done.
U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said today the hearings will be held Oct. 17 and Oct. 31.
Democrats are concerned that the effort to inform Americans about the digital transition and the money provided to offset the cost of converter boxes for analog sets are insufficient and could leave many Americans without TV in 2009.
Rep. Markey said he remains committed to digital TV, but is still concerned that the DTV picture is “fuzzy at best.”
“I fear that far too few consumers know about the Feb. 17, 2009, analog cutoff and the steps they must take to watch free, over-the-air television after that date,” he said. “If we are going to make sure that millions of Americans don’t see their perfectly functional analog televisions go dark, Congress needs to start getting better reception from the parties who are responsible for making sure this digital transformation is a success.”
(Editor: Horowitz)

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