Blackburn Praises TN Broadcasters for Digital Transition Consumer Education Plan
Announces Congressional Effort to Inform 7th District Constituents Regarding DTV Plan
Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Co-Chair or the Congressional DTV Caucus, applauded efforts by Tennessee's broadcast community to engage in a comprehensive campaign to educate consumers in preparation for the Digital Television (DTV) transition.
"Tennessee's broadcast community has a long history of providing high quality entertainment and informative public service announcements to viewers across the State," Blackburn said. "Today's announcement by the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters regarding their DTV consumer education effort continues that tradition and I look forward to working with the community as the transition to DTV continues."
On February 17, 2009, the nation's broadcasters will begin transmitting 100% of their television signals in digital form. This transition, which will allow broadcasters to transmit programming with higher resolution, dramatically improved picture and sound, and will impact every Tennessean who owns a television set.
"The Federal government is actively working alongside our nation's broadcasters to ensure that the transition to DTV is a complete success. As Co-Chairman of the Congressional DTV Transition Caucus, I am committed to a smooth national transition, and to ensuring that consumers in Middle and East Tennessee are prepared to make informed decisions in advance of the transition date less than two years away."
Rep. Blackburn is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the main committee of jurisdiction for issues related to broadcast regulation. For more information on the transition to DTV, please visit http://blackburn.house.gov/DTV/ for a full "Frequently Asked Questions" fact sheet and links to organizations in the Federal government and private sector who are partners in ensuring a smooth transition.