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The switch to digital TV
February 17, 2009 - Frank Robinson
Today was supposed to be the deadline for TV stations to switch from analog to digital format. It was delayed and my question is, why?
The federal government started this movement about two years ago. The most recent move to delay the switch comes after the federal government delayed its mandatory shutdown of analog TV signals until June 12. The excuse is to give people with older televisions more time to prepare.
What I don't understand is why government officials think it is necessary to furnish $40 coupons to people who need to convert their old TVs. A new TV couldn't cost much more. Also, the federal program pushing the change apparently ran out of coupons. Some stations went ahead with the transition. Most, including those in this area, decided to delay the switch.
Federal government has no business investing all this money to help people get their TV service. It's not an essential service. People can live without it. For some reason people think it's a real utility bill -- such as a gas or electric bill which, wherein if you don't pay, you freeze to death.
This is a perfect example of how government can get involved and turn something simple into something complicated. And the taxpayers get to pay for it.
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