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CEA to FCC: Don't outlaw analog TVs

Thu, 04/12/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

The Consumer Electronics Association jumped in during an FCC comment period, urging the FCC to focus on digital quality and old technology in talks on how to up public acceptance of digital TV.

The FCC is reviewing the digital TV transition and whether analog or digital should be incorporated into TV sets, and at what level. It issued its call in January.

The CEA says the market and consumer choice should determine the level, not regulation. It also says DTV's acceptance hinges on quality digital programming and rejected the possible imposition of a DTV tuner mandate to promote acceptance.

"We urge the Commission to once again reject the false notion that a broad audience for digital television can be promoted by outlawing analog-only television sets," the advocacy group said in its filing. "Rather than imposing a regulatory burden on consumers and manufacturers that will limit choice and raise costs, the Commission must recognize the critical element that is missing in the quest for public acceptance of digital television: an ample supply of high-quality, digitally originated programming."

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