Analog t.v. is almost dead. The switch between the old-fashioned analog to the modern digital signal is just a couple of days away. This has been touted as the best thing since sliced bread. But there's a couple of things that just tick me off.
The U.S. Congress passed this Switch Bill back in the late 90's, yet I did not hear a peep out of anyone concerning this until the very end of 2007. That's when television stations finally began to let their viewers know about this transition.
"As long as you have a new t.v. or subscribe to cable or satellite you are good to go," they said.
Really? Well, I bought a brand new t.v. at Christmas of 2006. Deep inside the box we found a note. It informed me that I would need to get a converter box for my nice new purchase in the year 2009. This was the first I had ever heard of it.
I later found out that new t.v.s did not have to be digital until March 2007. A lousy 3 months after I bought my set! Grumble, grumble.
By 2008 I wanted to know why going digital was so important. Most news stations gave this reason: to free up the air waves for emergency personnel. Well, I couldn't argue with that- especially down here in Mississippi after what Hurricane Katrina did to us.
Then I found out that our government had sold to private companies a portion of the air waves. How much did Uncle Sam get from these companies? 19.6 billion.
And here I thought Congress did it for the safety of the country. HA!
What these people in Washington do not know is that when a catastrophe like a hurricane or an earthquake strikes we ordinary folks depend on analog t.v. to deliver important news. Most people here in south Mississippi were without electricity for a week or more after Katrina. But if you had a t.v. that ran on battery power you could at least see important messages. Do they even make digital battery powered t.v.s yet?
I just want to know when the government will try to take away AM/FM radio. And how much they'll get paid for it.
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