Jan 10, 2009

It's FCCer vs. FCCer on DTV date

For those of you keeping score at home, please mark one more for, one more against moving the DTV transition date. Add the FCC chair to the "nay" list, those opposing the delay. FCC head Kevin Martin says pushing back the long-planned Feb. 17 date would be "confusing" for consumers. Meanwhile, on the "yay" side, FCC commish Jonathan Adelstein says it's "just as well" the date changes because consumers can't get through to the help lines anyway. Both made their comments at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Public safety officials oppose DTV delay

Add police and fire chiefs to the growing list of folks weighing in on a possible delay of the DTV transition date, due to problems with the converter coupon program. The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials says if there is indeed a delay, it needs to exclude channels on spectrum to be used for public safety communications.