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FCC Will Seek Comment On DTV Disruption

Washington, DC--Seven years after establishing a timetable for the DTV transition, the FCC is seeking comment on options for minimizing the disruption to consumers when the switchover to digital broadcasting occurs. The commission is primarily concerned with those households that rely exclusively on over-the-air broadcasting for their television service, but also seeks comment more broadly on minimizing the impact on all consumers. First, it seems comment on the identity of those consumers that rely on over-the-air television broadcasting and why they do not subscribe to a pay television service. Second, it seeks comment on potential options for minimizing the impact on these and other consumers when broadcasters are operating solely in digital. Comments are due July 12 with replies due August 5.