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Digital transition pulled off with minor hitches

Mon, 06/15/2009 - 8:15am
Brian Santo

The digital transition appears to have gone pretty smoothly.

The Federal Communications Commission reported receiving about 317,000 phone calls to its call center. Most of those calls were about converter boxes and were resolved after instructing consumers to re-scan for TV channels, the Commission reported.

More than 20 percent of calls involved reception issues. It’s been known that in many cases digital coverage areas would be different from analog coverage.

Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein said: “Things went about as smoothly as we could have hoped. It’s looking more like Y2K than the Bay of Pigs. Certainly, if we had not delayed and prepared, it might have been a disaster. But with the additional time, resources and actual planning, we put things in order just in time.”

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