High-Tech TV Coalition Pushes for Digital Conversion Deadline
The newly formed High Tech DTV Coalition is now working with Congress to create a deadline designed to propel U.S. transition to digital television. The coalition, which includes input from trade associations like the National Association of Manufacturers, and technology companies including AT&T, Microsoft and Dell, is stressing the benefits of digital TV to specific populations, specifically first responders, wireless broadband users and rural consumers.
"Near-term certainty about when the DTV transition will be complete is critical to unleashing the potential of this valuable spectrum at 700 MHz for advanced wireless and public safety applications," says Janice Obuchowski, the coalition's executive director. "Congress has anticipated the public interest and economic benefits promised by the DTV transition for nearly 20 years. The time for realizing this broad range of benefits is past due."
She outlined the group's mission in correspondence sent this week to leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The letters emphasized that an early date certain is needed to promote growth and protect U.S. leadership in the high-tech sector; extend the reach of broadband services to rural and underserved areas; provide a critical spectrum for enhancing public safety communications systems; provide new jobs in the U.S. and provide consumers with more technology options.