From "Broadcasting & Cable" article today on just released FCC procedures for termination of analog TV on 2/17/09:
"Consistent with our public interest responsibilities and Congress' delay of the transition to June 12 to give consumers additional time to prepare, the Commission reserves the right to limit or reconsider this partial waiver in the event that it determines that analog termination on February 17 by a station or group of stations is contrary to the public interest. In such event, the Commission will promptly notify the affected station or stations," the new implementing rules say. " The Commission may consider such action if, for example, we find that all or most of the stations in a market will terminate their analog service on February 17, and that the market is one in which many viewers are unprepared for the transition or at risk if the transition proceeds. In such case, we may require affected stations to submit additional information to explain and justify how their early termination advances the public interest. Such additional information can include significant economic, technical, contractual and other business reasons that support termination on February 17. The Commission will scrutinize such information closely in light of the important interests at stake to determine whether a compelling case has been made."
I wonder if this will affect chs 7 and 9 since they are both in the same market?
Complete article is at: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...ate_Switch.php
Also, does this apply to those switching 2/17/09 or those switching before June?
"The FCC is encouraging stations that do pull the plug early to continue to broadcast emergency and DTV consumer education information on their analog channel, where feasible.
The commission also told stations that if they terminate analog before June 12, they must continue to broadcast on their temporary DTV channel rather than their final channel. If they want instead to move to their final channel allotment, they must file a request for special temporary authority."
The complete FCC document is at: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...FCC-09-6A1.pdf
I read the whole thing but I'm still a little vague on some things....not unusual for me.