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500 Broadcasters Request Early Shutoff of Analog Programming Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
ImageThe FCC has released a list of 500 broadcasters who are requesting permission to shut off their analog programming before the new June 12th deadline.  They cite financial strain due to maintaining both the digital and analog broadcasting for the additional 3 months as too much to bear. This comes on the heels of a bill passing through both the House and the Senate that pushed back the analog cutoff date from February 17th to June 12th.  Many Americans, an estimated 5 million according to Neilson, are unprepared for the switch.  They do not have the converter boxes or other necessary equipment to receive digital signals, and their service would be interrupted if these broadcasters suddenly discontinued their analog programming.

The effects would be felt the most by elderly, low-income and Hispanic individuals, and those living in smaller market areas. Many of the broadcasters requesting to end their analog programming early have been preparing for months to hit the original February 17th deadline.

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