The FCC has released a list of stations that need to demonstrate compliance to some guidelines -- mainly in the area of public awareness and assistance -- by Friday, February 13th in order to be allowed to shut off analog on Tuesday, February 17th.http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...FCC-09-7A2.pdfhttp://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...FCC-09-7A1.pdf
In Nebraska, stations potentially affected are KOLN, KLKN, KHGI, KSNB, KWNB, and KNOP.
One of the requirements is that there remain at least one analog service in each market area. Unless they consider KTVG (Grand Island) + KWAZ-LP (Lincoln) sufficient, it looks like either KLKN or KOLN will have to stay on until 6/12 if I'm reading this right.
Personally, I find this whole delay ridiculous. Analog should have already been shut off, even back at the originally-proposed 2006 deadline. A few more months isn't going to make much difference. And really, TV is NOT as vital as some are making it to be. There are other ways of getting news, as well as weather alerts. It's not the same as a food crisis -- which is what some are equating it to now, by even setting up "converter box donation sites" and calling on church leaders
, even, to incorporate DTV-related messages into their services!
I mean, if people want to be generous and donate boxes and assistance, great. That's wonderful that they want to help out and all. But it's not the crisis
that it's being hyped up to be. Who knows. Maybe if a few people DO lose analog service and haven't hooked up digital yet, more time spent with family and friends, reading, exercising, etc. could be the best thing to happen to them in a long time. There will also be some that don't believe it's really happening until the analog is gone. I say shut it off and let's get on with DTV.