MSNBC reports that the us senate has voted unanimously to subject television viewers to 4 more months of increasingly tiresome announcements about and explanations of the upcoming analog to digital television transition:
The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12.
The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on analog television sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals could see their TV sets go dark next month if the transition is not postponed.
And the national IQ will rise dramatically if this happens.
Apparently these same TV sets have been dark for the past two years. Otherwise their owners, if they really cared, would be prepared. There is nothing in the article that suggests that there is a shortage of converters in stores.
But, really, it is some kind of national emergency:
“Delaying the upcoming DTV switch is the right thing to do,” said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., author of the bill to push back the deadline. “I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition at this time.”
Dear jay, the “nation” is ready. Some folks suffer from extreme inertia; the vast majority of households are ready for the transition.
Are you concerned that all the coupons requested did not get sent out?
The NTIA had nearly 2.6 million coupon requests on a waiting list as of last Wednesday.
First, did you give the NTIA more money so they could send out the rest of the coupons…not mentioned in the article. Second, even if you wait for the backlog of coupons to be sent out what about the other 4 million households that may not be ready? They’ve been bombarded with “public service announcements,” how to connect your converter stories and seemingly more news coverage than the Illinois governor. Exactly what is it that makes you think 4 more months is going to change their behavior?
Get it over with. Help out the obama administration by forcing a little economic activity. Let the transition happen and folks that really care will buy their converter boxes.