Some maps have surfaced that are giving the FCC more justification for delaying the transition into digital TV broadcast. The move to digital was scheduled to have already happened, but pushed to June 12 when the economy crashed. It was clear that the public was not properly educated on what was going to happen when the feds flipped the big switch.
The maps demonstrate that if the change occured on the original date, 92,381 households would have lost a channel -- something they could get previously in analog within the Cincinnati area, among many others sampled.
Aside from the fact that the delay in the switch is going to run taxpayers an extra $650 million dollars, here are some other new costs associated with that: Government stipends for stations that will need to continue their analog broadcasting, as well as what amounts to a refund for companies who bid big on using the freed up spectrum. These costs will run at about $19 billion. Where will some of that demanded money going to come?... You guessed it, your wallet.
You're paying many times over for all the grannies and hippies in the country who would've thrown massive fits because they couldn't watch Wheel of Fortune. Why didn't they just wait a few more years until everyone had purchased the next wave of compliant TVs?
I am so mad about this whole fiasco I could link to all the other times I've been mad at the FCC lately. So silly.