May 14 2009
How can you not know about the digital switch in over-the-air television signals occurring in our country on June 12th? You would be surprised. About 20,000 households in Seattle are still not prepared. On May 13th, 2009, I held a press conference with members from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the City’s Office of Cable Communications and Information Technology. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued a media release in the U. S. Department of Commerce News stating, “The Department of Commerce is aggressively reaching out to the most unprepared communities across the country, including Seattle, to help them get ready for the June 12th national switch. I commend Councilmember Bruce Harrell and the entire Seattle City Council for their work to help educate Seattle residents about the upcoming digital transition.”
On June 12th, all television broadcasting will transition to digital. Therefore, if you do not have a digital TV and rely solely on antenna reception to receive your local television stations, you will need to get a converter box and have it installed. You may also have to make the proper antenna adjustments to receive a good signal. Please do not confuse this digital conversion with separate efforts by Comcast regarding the change of their service and cable boxes. While that is occurring in certain areas of the city, that is separate from the over-the-air digital television transition. For more information, visit http://www.DTV.gov website or the City’s website at: http://seattle.gov/cable/digital.htm. You can also call my office at 206-684-8804.