Senate Passes Revised DTV Delay Bill
The Senate has passed a slightly modified version of the digital TV delay bill that it passed earlier this week. According to Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, the delay is now voluntary and TV stations can choose to switch to digital transmissions on February 17, as scheduled, and cease analog transmissions. The changes could help companies such as Qualcomm, which have invested heavily in preparation for the February 17 date. The bill will now go back to the House of Representatives.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Republicans to Let NSA Keep Spying On Your Calls
Republicans recently introduced a bill in the Senate that will extend the NSA's ability to collect and store phone call data through December 2020. As it stands today, the law (part of the Patriot Act) is slated to expire June 1.
Senate Passes USA Freedom Act
The Senate today passed the USA Freedom Act, which moves to curtail how the NSA collects and stores American call records. The Patriot Act expired on Sunday and with it the NSA's authority to collect call records en masse.
Patriot Act Expires, NSA Phone Data Collection Ends
The Patriot Act expired today and with it the NSA's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Members of the Senate deliberated over the Act furiously on Sunday as some wanted to extend its powers and others wanted to kill it altogether.
Bill Would Compel Companies to Break Encryption
A new bill introduced by members of the House and Senate would force smartphone makers to crack encryption on devices any time law enforcement asks. A draft of the bill, submitted by Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Richard Burr of North Carolina, says tech firms "must provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information." Feinstein and Burr have been threatening such legislation since last year, but the notion has taken a new direction ever since the FBI asked Apple to help decrypt an iPhone and Apple refused.
Heres the problem for broadcasters
1. A lot of broadcasters will have tower leases for their analog antenna that end on or around the Febuary cutoff date
2. A lot of broadcasters have tower crews scheduled to complete antenna change outs and or removal of analog antennas (for maximizing of the digital signal) over the next few weeks leading up to the planned febuary cutoff date. It would be hard to reschedule the limited number of these crews available.
3. Most stations are running 2 transmitter plants (one analog, one digital) with huge electric bills, it is a finacial strain they are looking forward to ending.
Lady to elderly mother...
"It's on channel 8."
"It's not comming on... the screen is snowy..."
"Turn on the converter box..."
"Get the other remote and turn on the digital box."
"How do I do that?"
I don't own one of those digital converter boxes... but I imagine it works like any other set top box... if you connect by coaxial, then you will need to put the TV on channel 3 or 4 for it to work. If some TV st
Doesn't this defeat the purpose?
Counter productivity is so good for advancements!
Can i get a delay on my DMV renewal also?
y would advertisers want to advertise on anology?
or pay the same fee to reach 100s of millions of people on Digital.
HOR is going to shut this down!
How to make a bad idea worse...
1. Consumers will not know whether or not they will have analog TV service by the transition day, so they will assume they will and will not act.
2. Broadcasters will not know whether they will need to shutdown analog transmissions, so will act conservatively and not stop broadcasting in analog.
3. Qualcomm and other technology companies that have purchased this spectrum will lose time and money because they can not deploy in spectrum that was promised to them years ago.
JUST SAY NO!