Tuesday, June 24, 2008

DTV Conversion

Just got this email from Rep. Costello (because you WILL have digital),

As you may know, on February 17, 2009, over the air television broadcasts will be transmitted only in digital formats. Analog-only televisions (those that use an antenna) will not work on or after that date. Owners of analog-only televisions must do one of three things to ensure that their sets work:

· Buy a TV with a digital tuner.
· Connect to cable, satellite or other pay service.
· Purchase a converter box.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is running a converter box program. The NTIA will provide two $40 coupons to help requesting households purchase converter boxes. Applicants must have a U.S. Postal Service address and all coupons expire three months after issuance. You can request coupons in one of four ways:
· Call 1.888.DTV.2009 (1.888.388.2009); deaf or hard of hearing callers may dial 1-877-530-2634 (English/TTY) or 1-866-495-1161 (Spanish/TTY). TTY Service is available from 9 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
· Complete or download an application at www.DTV2009.gov
· Mail an application to P.O. Box 2000; Portland, OR 97208-2000
· Fax an application to 1.877.DTV.4ME2 (1.877.388.4632)
Why is the transition to digital television necessary? Primarily to reclaim portions of the analog spectrum (broadcast channels 52-69, also known as the 700MHZ band) currently occupied by television broadcasters. Digital television uses radio frequency spectrum more efficiently than analog, making space available for other uses, such as emergency communications.
For more information on this issue, visit www.dtv.gov or call 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322). For information on the converter box program, visit www.dtv2009.gov or call 1.888.DTV.2009.


Jerry F. Costello
12th District of Illinois


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