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October 04, 2004

FCC Announces DTV Consumer Education Initiative - Forgets to Mention Broadcast Flag

Posted by Ernest Miller

Today, the FCC announced a new initiative to inform the public about digital television (DTV). Read the press release: Chairman Powell Announces Major DTV Consumer Education Initiative - “DTV – Get It!” [PDF].

The FCC has also set up a website for the "education" campaign: http://www.dtv.gov/. Warning, the website renders fine on IE, but does not render well on the latest version of Firefox. Geez, they must actively work on being clueless.

Unsurprisingly, the website and announcement fail to mention the broadcast flag. There are some links to info about the broadcast flag if you click on "regulatory info" which takes you to a different FCC page, but you have to scroll down on the secondary page.

I guess the broadcast flag isn't something the FCC wants to educate people about.

Spokespeople for the FCC were not immediately available for comment.

UPDATE 1410 PT

A spokesperson for the FCC has told me "At this point what we are working on is getting the consumer to understand what goes one when they buy a TV ... .Educating consumers on what the DTV transition is and why it is important for them." The broadcast flag is not part of that education process now, but may (or may not) be in the future.

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1. Albert Gedraitis - not for publication on October 14, 2004 10:32 PM writes...

Come on!, Ernest,

You can do better than this, in light of your vaunted statement of journalistic principles. This is mere snipeing, like the nitpickers who scored Cheney for talking about never meeting whathisname on the one day of the week when the VP was present in the Senate for its full meetings.

If this kind of twisto is what you mean by your principles, you as yet have a lot of homework to complete.

Yours, Politicarp

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2. Ernest Miller on October 14, 2004 11:14 PM writes...

I hardly consider it sniping. The FCC launches a consumer education campaign regarding DTV and just so happens to not mention one of the most controversial aspects of the DTV regulation, one that will have significant impact on consumer electronics. Perhaps to you that is sniping. To me it is an important part of the story.

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