Senators concerned about digital transition

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At a hearing yesterday, Senators lamented the government’s puny efforts to educate people about the digital TV transition, reports the Los Angeles Times. Speaking to Federal Communications Commission and Commerce Department officials, lawmakers said more funding was needed for government-sponsored public education, in part because the television industry was not doing enough. The anxiety is fueled by a Association of Public Television Stations survey that indicated 61% of respondents had no idea a digital switch was coming (Current, Feb. 12, 2007).”I think there’s high potential for a train wreck here,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) imagined what would happen if TV screens went blank on Feb. 18, 2009: “They’re not going to call you,” she told FCC officials. “They’re going to call me, and they’re going to be mad.”

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