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Then there wouldn't have been a transition period where analog and digital operated side by side, unless I'm missing something. Canada didn't have a transition period, but that wasn't exactly popular, as I recall. In any case, if you mandated stations build a digital channel for the transition and then had to give it up and go back to their analog channel, stations would have balked at the cost of building what was essentially a temporary facility. Then you'd also have to figure out what to do about the stations above 51 or in low-VHF.
Nothing is ever as simple as it sounds.
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