Will Obama or McCain Inherit a DTV Nightmare?
Continuing the countdown to the digital TV transition, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing this afternoon to assess the status of the preparations.
Up to this point, most of the consternation on Capital Hill has been about whether consumers will be prepared for the switch. But Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, chairman of the committee, said the transition also has the potential to cause "serious disruption" to a "new President who will just be getting his feet wet."
After all, Feb. 17 -- the day all TV broadcasters will start airing only digital programs -- will be the 29th day of the next administration.
"Neither a President Obama nor a President McCain should have to deal with a failed transition, so soon after coming into office," he said.
He said he's worried the federal agencies in charge of the transition -- the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration -- will be flooded with calls from confused and frustrated consumers who are having trouble making the switch -- or who didn't know about it in the first place.
"As the current administration winds down, both agencies must remain vigilant so that the next administration does not inherit a communications crisis."
You've probably seen the countless number of public service announcements and commercials being aired on network and cable TV about the switch. What do you think? Will it be a "communications crisis?" Or will the DTV transition go fairly smoothly?
September 23, 2008; 4:39 PM ET
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