There’s No Good Reason To Stop the Transition to DTV

By Caomhin

So far so good with the DTV switch as House Republicans blocked efforts to delay the switch over from analog.  To be sure there will be a small percentage of people who will be affected by the transition but there has been plenty of time in order to prepare for the move.  The largest benefit will be the opening of the old spectrum to first responders and this idea was introduced by the 9/11 Commission and was signed into law in 2005, giving people the better part of 4 years in order to prepare for the transition.

While it is far from certain that the date will not be pushed back, we should look at this as yet another example of inefficiency in government.  Four years of preparation for something as big as this and still, the government is incapable of making the transition while the private sector has had smooth sailing towards transition day.   The coupon program has proven to be a disaster and was administered terribly.  The release of the spectrum is important for a variety of reasons, especially when one considers the ramifications of further delays in improving emergency response communication systems.

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