Is there a RIGHT to television service?

This has been simmering in the back of my mind since I started seeing TV commercials about the switch to digital programming.  I really don’t understand what kind of right there might be to TV, and therefore what my federal tax dollars are doing subsidizing people who want TV.  It’s not like this hasn’t been in the works for years; people who need converter boxes could save for them over the past 18 months and the next six.

Today I get this in my e-mail.  Unfortunately, I’m unable to attend, but I’ve let my County Supervisor know my stance.

In February 2009, analog televisions will no longer work without the addition of a converter box. Find out about the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting from Mary Lou Kenny, U.S. Department of Commerce. Applications for coupons toward the purchase of the converter box will be available at the program, which will be held:

Friday, June 27
10 a.m.
Hollin Hall Senior Center
1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria

All community members are welcome; call 703-765-4573 for reservations and reasonable ADA accommodations.

For more information on this federal program, visit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration web site at https://www.dtv2009.gov/.

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  1. […] savvyconsumer wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptIn February 2009, analog televisions will no longer work without the addition of a converter box. Find out about the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting from Mary Lou Kenny, US Department of Commerce. … […]

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