Saturday, January 10, 2009
On October 20, 2005, the Digital Transmission and Public Safety Act was passed requiring all full power television stations to cease analog broadcasting by midnight February 17, 2009. I'm not sure what any of this has to do with public safety, but that's the name of the act.
Beginning January 1, 2008 people could begin requesting the above $40 coupon to help defray the cost of a converter box which will enable analog televisions to receive a digital signal. For a year, we've been bombarded by television ads advising us of the change.
Not surprisingly the government ran out of money before everyone who needed a converter box coupon got one. Also, not surprisingly people who have had a year to get a coupon and who have waited until six weeks before they lose their television signal to try to get one are complaining.
Those people are calling the government shortsighted and unprepared. I'm calling those people dumbasses.