FCC to host US switchover workshop

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US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to host a consumer education workshop next month to discuss America's preparations for digital switchover.

The US is due to switch to digital-only television on February 17, 2009, but a scheme offering vouchers for subsidised digital converters begins within four months, and the FCC will start to auction spectrum due to be liberated by switchover from January 16, 2008.

The day-long workshop, at the FCC's Washington HQ, comes amid concerns in the US that not enough is being done to inform and advise consumers about switchover.

"The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to jointly discuss the challenges associated with the upcoming transition and explore ways to develop coordinated consumer education activities," said the FCC.

During the workshop consumers can e-mail questions for panellists to consider, and the workshop will be streamed in live audio on the FCC's web site.

Panellists will include representatives from the FCC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition, the Consumer Electronics Association, the National Cable Television Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters, as well as consumer groups.

Lovelace Consulting  |  31.08.2007

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