[opendtv] NTSC Cutoff Date

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 11:15:17 -0400

It appears that the only way to truly know how disruptive the NTSC cutoff
will be is to actually try it.

Why don't we have all broadcasters turn off their NTSC facilities on January
1, 2007, only in those markets where the 85% rule is valid, but require
broadcasters to maintain NTSC capabilities for at least 90 days, with the
understanding that they may be authorized to resume NTSC broadcasts for an
additional period.

Then see how many people scream at their representatives.  If the din is
overwhelming, then congress can authorize an additional period of
simulcasting.  If, on the other hand, 3% of the population hollers, then
congress can decide if freeing up the spectrum has more benefit than having
3% of their constituents upset at them.

John Shutt

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