The deadline for the cutover to an all digital TV network here in the US (and South Dakota) is fast approaching. Apparently, it is approaching quickly enough that some folks are calling for the brakes to be applied:
Senator John Thune says Congress has been talking with the Federal Communications Commission about possibly extending the February 17 deadline for switching from analog to digital television.
He says he thinks many South Dakotans will be affected.
According to estimates, 33.6 million people in the United States – or about 12 percent of the population – will be affected by the switch.
Of course, I have a clear personal bias with regards the switchover. It simply does not affect me one way or the other (and I would suppose that to be the case for many people who are either receiving cable or satellite feeds or just do not have a TV to begin with).
Further, I am at a loss to understand why you and I are subsidizing the switchover by giving out coupons for the converter boxes. I realize that many people think that TV is a necessity, but can we truly the support the argument that it is as essential as food, clothing and shelter? It would simply seem that there are better (read: constitutionally supportable) thing on which our government could spend our money–and our senator could spend his time.