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October 18, 2005

Analog TV Cut-off May Come Sooner Than 2009

On Saturday, the Washington Post reported on a draft Senate bill that would end analog broadcasts on the hard date of April 7, 2009 and switch broadcasts to a digital standard.  Under existing law, the switch would take place on December 31, 2006, or whenever 85% of households were capable of receiveing digital broadcasts.

Now, CNET is reporting that Senator John McCain would like to move up the deadline to  late 2006 or early 2007 to free up spectrum to be used for emergency communications.  McCain is concerned that with events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, along with the possibility of terrorist attacks, that he government can't wait until 2009 to re-assign the spectrum.  An amendment to the draft bill is scheduled for a committee vote on Thursday.

The articles indicate that this is a developing story.  Stay tuned.

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