Digital Transition Assistance Calls Hit Nearly 800,000

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The calls keep coming in to a federal hot line, from people confused about the end of analog TV signals.
Friday was the day TV stations across the country dropped the old analog signals, and could broadcast only in digital.
On Friday alone, the Federal Communications Commission says 317,000 calls went to the help line -- 1-888-CALL-FCC.
More than 100,000 additional calls came in today -- bringing the total for the week to nearly 800,000.
That still doesn't match the number that the FCC had initially expected would call on transition day.
Most of the 100 million U.S. households with TV sets weren't affected, because they get their signals through cable or satellite companies.
The FCC says 20 TV stations that had been on the air had to go dark because they hadn't yet set up their digital broadcast equipment.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    I told someone the other day that the only acceptable excuse for not being ready was to either have been in a coma or dead. I know that sounds harsh but think about it: How long have TV stations been running announcements about the coming change? Has the government not offered assistance? The fact that people didn't act is their own fault. Call me heartless but I think at this point help is not deserved.
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