- Nov 25, 2003
Here is what I submitted:
Absolutely no need to delay the transition!
1. Most of those who are not ready today will not be ready in June. So, how is June better than February?
2. Some will not do a thing until the screen goes dark.
3. Those who cannot afford today will be even less likely to afford in June. So, why delay?
4. How many millions does it cost to delay the transition? (22M for PBS alone!) The money would be much better spent in additional coupons for those who cannot afford converter boxes.
Doesnt bother me a bit. The 2 locals I wanted in digital are flash cutting on the 17th. Cant wait for CW HD via OTA! Another 3 are cutting on the 17th. Our ABC station might be staying but their digital is already built out. So if he signs it or not it changes nothing for me.
There is an enormous difference. Professional polsters use small select groups and then attempt to extrapolate universal opinion from small samples. The on-line poll is available to everyone so there's no need to manipulate the data. What it says is what it says. Big difference between asking me what I think and asking someone three states away what I think and applying their opinion to me. There is no better way to ascertain true public opinion.What's the difference between the above and the often criticized "policy by polling" that Clinton (and even Bush) used (read the polls or see which way the wind is a blowin' before doing anything) to govern. Yet, a White House website poll seems OK with the same critics.
You must have missed where the FCC has decided that stations have to reaffirm their intent to shut down analog by Monday night, and that if they (the FCC) think there will be too many unprepared customers in a market, they can deny any or all requests. This despite the fact that the bill hasn't even been signed yet, AND despite the fact that the bill states that it is NOT its intent to prevent stations from switching on the original date if they wish!
Time to rein in the rulemaking powers of the FCC!
I will not send my comments.
The whole delay was initiated by Obama. So what is the point. He got the bill he wanted. And all these messages are just wasted keyboard clicks.
The same will be true for the comments about the stimulus. Even if all 200 mln. opposed it will send a message it will not make a dent.
II did say that they should have made an allocation to the coupon program so that more citizens would be able to get their coupons. Also since the economy is in the tank, this will help so many stations operate better financially. i read on pbs's website that a four month delay would cost a total of around 40 million just to keep their analog signals going.