Cliff Stearns

Last week's Mobile DTV Showcase on Capitol Hill can be deemed a "victory" since at least a half-dozen members of Congress not only showed up and "offered remarks," but most of them actually hung around and paid attention to the technologies that electronics makers and broadcasters were showing off. They saw  hand-crafted prototypes of DTV-equipped mobile phone handsets that LG Electronics created for the event and other devices that picked up live TV transmissions from the Washington-area broadcast stations taking part in the high-profile demonstration on Capitol Hill.

Is Jacksonville getting an early start on the analog signal shutoff? Despite media reports and the reported comments of a Florida Congressman, it appears not. According to the Florida Times Union on its Web site,, local television executives were “sent scrambling” after an industry publication quoted Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) as suggesting that Jackonsville should be the second “early test” market for the transition. Wilmington, N.C., has already agreed to become the first test market. However, TV executions in the Northern Florida city denied that such a move was under consideration, and Stearns, the paper said, issued a statement denying the

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