DTV Transition On Tap For June 3 FCC Meeting

The FCC has announced the agenda for its June 3 open meeting and, like Acting Chairman Michael Copps' first meetings atop the FCC, it will focus on the DTV transition.

In this instance, with the analog plug-pulling date of June 12, it will be a status report on final preparations for "the digital television transition, including the availability of consumer support and hands-on assistance for those who may need it."

Nielsen said Wednesday that 2.7% of TV homes, or about 3.1 million, remain "unready for the switch," down 200,000 homes from mid-May. The National Association of Broadcasters has taken issue with Nielsen's accounting, pointing out that some of those homes may have DTV-top-analog converter boxes that just aren't hooked up yet.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.