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FCC rulings say February 17, 2009 is final

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  • Larry Kenney
    In recent rulings from the FCC, their comments indicate that the deadline for the shutdown of analog transmission on February 17, 2009, is final. From an
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2007
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      In recent rulings from the FCC, their comments indicate that the
      deadline for the shutdown of analog transmission on February 17, 2009,
      is final. From an article on "eWeek.com", it says:

      "The new rules include a provision that requires retailers to alert
      customers in writing if they buy an analog television set, or any set
      that does not include a digital television tuner. The warning label
      provision requires a warning label on all TV reception devices (which
      include TV sets, VCRs, computer TV cards and the like) that starts off
      with "Consumer Alert." The label explains the issue, starting with the
      sentence, "This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner
      and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009."

      The new rules are to make consumers aware of the change to digital TV,
      and how the change will affect them. The idea is to help consumers
      choose digital TV sets where possible. This order goes into effect
      immediately. All television receivers of whatever type were supposed to
      have digital tuners as of March 1 of this year anyway, but retailers
      have been allowed to sell their existing stock. With the new rules,
      consumers will be warned about buying such a TV."

      The FCC has also issued rules regarding the 700MHz spectrum auctions set
      for later this year. They said that the transition to digital
      television is closely linked to the success of the 700MHz spectrum
      auctions. Those frequencies will be available to wireless voice and data
      providers as of Feb. 18, 2009, and a delay in implementing the
      transition to DTV could have far-reaching consequences. The rules
      include setting up the commercial services for portions of the 700MHz
      band, as well as the 700MHz Public Safety Spectrum. In that ruling the
      FCC stated:

      "The frequencies in the 700MHz range are being freed by the transition
      to digital television, which is set to take place no later than Feb. 17,
      2009. The new licensees would be able to start using those frequencies
      the next day."

      The FCC also announced that it is seeking comments on the DTV transition
      as it regards cable television providers. First the FCC said it plans to
      require that cable companies either provide signals to analog television
      users in analog form or that they make digital-to-analog converters
      available for analog television users.

      Second, the FCC said it will require that all HDTV signals be provided
      to cable customers in HD format. The commission said it will seek
      comments on whether it should require that the HD signals be transmitted
      without any material degradation or whether some standard should be set
      for the delivery of HD signals.

      To read the full articles, check out these pages:
      - - http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2122996,00.asp
      - - http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2123021,00.asp

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