Congress Plans Two DTV Hearings
Both houses of Congress are planning committee hearings this month on the digital television transition, as time remaining prior to the analog signal shutoff approaches one year on Feb. 17.
The hearings will begin Feb. 13 in the House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, more specifically its Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee, and the purpose of the hearing is to “assess the nation’s preparedness to make the switch from analog to digital television.”
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the committee’s chairman, said in a statement that “I am not confident that government agencies, retailers, broadcasters and all other stakeholders are taking all the steps necessary to ensure consumers are adequately informed and ready for this transition.” The House hearings will be presided over by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), the subcommittee’s chairman.