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W. Virginia Senator Pushes for 3-Month DTV Delay

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Don't want further delay? Then why don't YOU do something to help?!

by WiWavelength    Jan 16, 2009, 3:30 PM

It really is quite disappointing how naively unsympathetic a group of relatively affluent, tech savvy, largely urbanite Internet forum users can be toward the uninformed, indigent, elderly, immobile, impaired, et al. While free OTA TV may not exactly be a right, it is very nearly that, as (many for profit) TV broadcasters have paid nothing for their use of public spectrum, while the FCC has reaped $19.6 billion for the US Treasury from auction of spectrum freed up by the DTV transition.

So, if you want no further delay in the DTV transition date, then take a step back from your keyboard, get off your ass, and do something to help expedite the transition.

Go door to door and ensure that every household in your neighborhood already has an ATSC capable TV, an ATSC converter, or at least a converter coupon. Every household extends to the 82 year old Social Security widow, the Spanish speaking family w/ only small children who speak English, and the blind man living alone -- all of whom may live in a small town 20 miles from the nearest Wal-Mart. If any household is not ready for the transition, then volunteer to help that household get ready. That may entail redeeming a coupon to acquire a converter, paying out of pocket the difference between the coupon value and the converter price, and/or installing & configuring a converter for the household.

And if you are not willing to do any of that, then you accept the status quo. So, quit complaining.


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