Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Digital by (Federal) Demand

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Digital by (Federal) Demand

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The Federal Communications Commission has decided it can't wait for a digital television market to develop according to laws of supply and demand. It'll step in and mandate one instead.

The FCC's recent decision to require a digital tuner in every new TV set by 2007 does just that. Consumers in the years ahead will supposedly have no choice but to purchase some means of receiving digital signals - versus the analog signals currently used for most broadcasts.

The FCC's aggressiveness in this matter reflects the federal government's determination to push broadcasting into the digital age. In 1997, Congress passed a law requiring that all broadcast signals be converted to digital by 2006. All stations were to have begun at least some digital broadcasting by May 1, 2002. Most missed that deadline.

Broadcasters balk at a hefty investment in digital if most viewers can't receive the programming. Hence the FCC's prod on the receiving end.

Higher prices for digital sets - TV makers say the tuners will cost an extra $100 or more - could cause a consumer backlash. …

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