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Verizon Flip-Flops, Supports DTV Delay

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Jan 19, 2009, 3:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today, Verizon Communication's CEO Ivan Seidenberg said that the company approves of Senator Rockefeller's proposed delay of the transition to DTV. Senator Rockefeller made the proposal last week, and suggested that the transition be delayed to June 12. According to Seidenberg, Verizon changed its feelings because there is a definite transition date attached to the proposal. It would not have agreed with an open-ended delay. Seideberg reiterated, "Any further delay would harm the nation's economy and broadband future, as I noted in my letter earlier this week." A final decision about the delay has not yet been made.

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Jan 20, 2009, 7:54 AM

And What in June?

The turnover to digital and warnings have been going on for several years, people did not listen.

Now what about in June? These same people still will say, we had no idea, we are going to lose tv, we are on a fixed income. Well news for ya buddy, we are all on "FIXED INCOMES". And we all had to roll with the times. This has nothing to do with being selfish, it has to do with spectrum to be used for a different purpose that will benifit far more then those who don't feel like getting a converter box.

They say this is going to effect anywhere from 20 to 40 million households, I really would like some proof of this more then speculation.
I agree, this transition has already been delayed several times. An additional delay will only make it easier for a case to be made for additional delays, and so on and so on. The world will have moved on to IPTV over the air before we have eliminated...
Yes, the warnings have been going for several years, but I was under the impression that this was more of an issue of the government being backed up with unsent converter box coupons

Jan 19, 2009, 5:32 PM

up to somthing

men like mr, Seidenberg always have a plan 3 or 4 steps ahead of eveything else. makes em wonder whats he got up his sleeve.

Jan 19, 2009, 5:15 PM

How ready was Verizon anyway?

Unless Verizon had absolutely everything ready to be turned on the day those airwaves were vacated, I don't think it would have a material effect to delay for several months. With the slowing economy, Verizon may even delay some of the rollout of services on that spectrum, if they forecast a low demand.
Agreed. All of this depends on how ready the carriers were to use the spectrum.

Jan 19, 2009, 4:51 PM


Since Verizon is one of those that would lose if the government delayed and VZW was ready to use the spectrum , the delay sounds like a win win for at least the govt and Verizon.

Now how about the other carriers?
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