[opendtv] Re: Musical Chairs

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 11:09:47 -0400

John Shutt wrote:

> Why in the world the FCC (Congress, really) didn't come up
> with a staggered approach to the analog cutoff is beyond logic.

Agreed. Only one country, the Netherlands, has planned or executed such
an unstaggered switchoff.

My prediction is that staggering the switchoff in the US is the wiggle
room the Democratic Congress will request, eventually. The 18 Feb 2009
date will be retained, but will only apply to those markets where analog
switchoff matters least and/or is easiest to implement. For example,
markets like Santa Barbara or Gainesville, with very few OTA users, or
markets where only a couple of stations need to do a flash cut to a new
DTT frequency.

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