Don't Lose Your TV

The federal government has mandated that at midnight on February 17, 2009, television stations across the country will stop broadcasting in what are known as analog television signals and begin broadcasting in digital format.? "Television is not a luxury today," wrote Sen. Sanders.? "I am concerned that, because of poor government planning and policy, lower-income people may not be able to afford the cost and installation of a roof antenna and that seniors, people with disabilities, and others m

The federal government has mandated that at midnight on February 17, 2009, television stations across the country will stop broadcasting in what are known as analog television signals and begin broadcasting in digital format. "Television is not a luxury today," wrote Sen. Sanders. "I am concerned that, because of poor government planning and policy, lower-income people may not be able to afford the cost and installation of a roof antenna and that seniors, people with disabilities, and others may have a hard time handling this transition on their own." Households reliant upon over-the-air, "free" television should apply now for a federal government coupon to help pay for the necessary converter box. If you currently receive your TV signal through cable or satellite service you will not be impacted by this transition. Sanders will be introducing legislation to require the availability of basic, affordable cable, satellite, or other paid television service so that everyone can still afford to receive the same broadcast channels that they had before the transition, after the transition.

For more information on the switch to digital television, click here.

To read Sanders' complete opinion article, click here.