Digital Delay is a Dumb Decree (2/17/09)
If the federal government had any sense, analog TV broadcasting would end as of midnight tonight. Instead, they've put off the switchover date until June.
Why? Because an estimated 4-6% of the population isn't ready and they want to give those people more time.
But how many of that 4-6% will be ready in June? Or will ever be ready until they wake up and find snow on their sets? Four to six percent of Americans will be late to their own funerals!
While money is tighter than ever, and everyone is being urged to conserve energy, the nation's broadcasters are being forced to keep operating their analog transmitters for four more months at a huge cost - a combined total of something like $160,000 in Louisville alone. That's our energy conscious government requiring us to burn $160,000 of energy for no good reason.
How could so many supposedly intelligent legislators get something so wrong? They're literally making up rules as they go along about an industry they don't understand in the least.
Meanwhile, U.S. broadcasters continue to announce layoffs, and at least one large group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
This delay is nothing but a huge waste.
If you think about this at all, what do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.