FCC approves KWWL DTV switch February 17th - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

FCC approves KWWL DTV switch February 17th

The FCC help-line phone number is 1-888-DTV-2009 The FCC help-line phone number is 1-888-DTV-2009

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Y2K for DTV is one week away.  KWWL-TV is one of several Iowa television stations making the switch to a digital signal next week.

KWWL will turn off its analog signal at 1:00pm on Tuesday February 17th.

To make sure all KWWL viewers are informed of the transition, Iowa's NewsChannel 7 will be airing DTV information along the bottom of the TV screen for five minutes every hour until the switch.

"One of the reasons for our switch on February 17th is to make sure KWWL and its viewers have had plenty of time to adjust to the DTV switch by the time we get into severe spring and summer weather," said news director JJ Murray.

"We don't want people worried about whether their TV is working right when seconds count as we saw with last years' tornadoes and flooding in May and June.  Our digital signal is better and stronger than our current analog signal," said Murray.

If you have any questions, you can call the  Federal Communications Commission help-line.  The phone number is 1-888-DTV-2009.

Congress approved legislation moving the DTV transition from February 17th to June 12th. The measure, however, allows stations that are ready before June 12 to make the switch early.

The FCC asked that all stations planning to shut off analog signals by February 17th to notify the commission by Monday of their intentions. If the agency finds that making an early switch would not be in the best interest of the community, however, the FCC reserves the right to deny the station's request. The FCC has approved KWWL's digital switch next Tuesday.

The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that nearly 700 television broadcast stations will switch from analog to digital television signals by February 17th.

Of the nearly 2,000 stations in the United States involved in the DTV transition, 190 will make the switch before February 17th and 491 will shut off analog signals on February 17.

You can get an extensive list of the stations approved to make an early switch on the FCC Web site at www.fcc.gov.

When stations make the switch, they will free up valuable spectrum that will be use for public safety and other uses. Congress set the February 17, 2009 date in 2005, but recent concerns about public awareness and funding for the converter box coupon program prompted Obama's transition team to call for a delay.

Some TV stations have complained that maintaining analog signals for an additional four months could be too costly.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

Powered by Frankly