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From Senator Jay Rockefeller

By Staff | Jun 16, 2009

June 12 is the deadline for the digital television (DTV) conversion a switch that will improve picture quality and sound for millions of viewers, free up wireless facilities for new and innovative commercial uses, and put spectrum into the hands of our nation’s first responders to help them communicate in emergencies.

It is important for every affected household in West Virginia to be prepared for this transition. That’s why I fought to extend the deadline from Feb. 17 to June 12-which resulted in a 60 percent drop in the number of unprepared households nationwide.

But with the deadline now upon us, I want to remind West Virginians about what it means for them.

Only those who get signals over the air using rooftop antennas or indoor “rabbit ear” antennas and have older, analog TV sets need to take action. If your TV is connected to cable or satellite, your reception won’t be affected.

If you’re using an antenna, you’ll need to purchase a digital converter box, which retails between $50-$70 and is available at many large retailers across West Virginia. To help defray the cost, the government has made available a $40 coupon-which can be obtained by calling 1-888-388-2009 or visiting www.dtv2009.gov.

A schedule of the remaining DTV help clinics in West Virginia, which are running before and after the deadline, can be found at www.pintechcorp.com-click on “DTV Setup” and then “West Virginia Events.”

If you have questions or need direct help, please call the DTV help center for West Virginia at 1-877-388-5473.

I hope all impacted West Virginians are ready, and I have urged the Administration and national broadcasters to continue helping consumers in need. We must be sure none of our citizens are left behind during this historic transition.

Senator Jay Rockefeller

Chairman

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation