Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee, joined Chairman John D. Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), and ten other members, to set out a list of specific actions they want the FCC to take in order to inform the public about the proper equipment needed to receive digital television signals before the DTV transition takes place in February 2009.
Rep. Markey said, "DTV consumer education efforts must extend to informing the public about how to overcome possible reception difficulties. National studies predict that without a correctly-orientated external antenna, a significant number of over-the-air only households may loose television channel reception even with a digital converter box. Americans know a change is coming to their TV sets, but they need to be fully aware of how to receive the new signal, or else this transition will be a disaster for millions of families."
The members' letter asks the FCC to take the following actions:
The full letter is available here:
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