The American Library Association (ALA), with the help of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is proud to announce that December 1-7, 2007, will be Digital Television (DTV) Awareness Week in America’s public libraries.
Through this partnership, the FCC will be conducting informational sessions at local public libraries across the country about the Nation’s transition from analog to digital broadcast television, also referred to as the digital TV (DTV) transition. Congress has mandated that February 17, 2009, will be the last day for full-power television stations to broadcast in analog. Broadcast stations in all U.S. markets are currently broadcasting in both analog and digital. After February 17, 2009, full-power television stations will broadcast in digital only.
The ALA Washington Office will support this effort with a strong outreach effort including a series of blog postings and articles during the week of December 1-7, plus podcasts featuring ALA President Loriene Roy and Catherine Seidel, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau of the FCC.
“The DTV Transition is set to affect millions of people, in virtually every community in the United States,” said Ms. Roy. “As with all consumer and government issues, many patrons will be coming into the library looking for information and assistance. With partnerships like this one, libraries and the federal government can work together to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
As the federal agency overseeing communications and broadcasting, the FCC is at the epicenter of the DTV Transition and is perfectly poised to give the most informed presentations at local libraries. Participants can expect answers to questions such as:
- What is the DTV transition?
- Why are we switching to DTV?
- Will I need a digital-to-analog converter box in order to keep watching television?
Ms. Seidel stressed that “the Commission is committed to ensuring that Americans are not left in the dark after the digital transition. We look forward to working closely with organizations such as ALA, and with other industry and consumer groups, on this and other outreach initiatives during the next 15 months to minimize the burden on consumers and ensure that all consumers reap the benefits of the digital transition.”
For more information about the DTV Transition, please visit www.dtv.gov or www.ala.org/dtv.