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Accelerating the Transition to Digital TV: Developments at the FCC and in Congress

A PFF Congressional Seminar
April 30, 2004, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Russell Senate Office Building Room SR-253
Washington, DC


  • Ken Ferree, Federal Communications Commission
  • John Kneuer, National Communications and Information Administration
  • Thomas M. Lenard, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
  • Steve Sharkey, Motorola

The transition to DTV is supposed to be complete by the end of 2006, but no one really believes this timetable will be met. The current standstill is denying consumers better viewing opportunities and tying up large blocks of spectrum with valuable alternative uses for new wireless applications and other products. The FCC has begun to float ideas to speed up the transition. Meanwhile, Congress is consideration renewal of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act, which will also have an effect on the transition. This seminar explored these and other issues related to reclaiming the broadcast spectrum.



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