FCC commissioner visits Memphis to discuss The Big Switch - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

FCC commissioner visits Memphis to discuss The Big Switch

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV0 - In February of 2009, television as we know it will change.  That's why FCC commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate was in Memphis on Friday to talk about the switch to digital broadcasting. 

"Obviously, you know that this is a revolutionary change," Tate said.
 
On February 17th, almost 85,000 people in Memphis will lose their analog TV signal.   Those who subscribe to cable or satellite won't have to worry, but those using rabbit ears or an external antenna to watch the television sets they now own will need a digital converter box.

The federal government is issuing up to two $40 dollar vouchers per household to put toward the purchase of converter boxes, which cost anywhere from $40 to $150 dollars. 

"This is kind of not just a national transition, its almost a home-by-home transition," Tate said. "You have to figure out what you need to do, so a lot of this is about personal responsibility."
 
Some attended the meeting to voice concerns about the poor and the elderly in Memphis.

 "Who can't get out and buy the boxes? Who don't understand? The poor, who don't even have with the coupon enough," Regina Grehan said.

Former FCC Commissioner Dr. Benjamin Hooks shared that concern. 

"There are people, if you gave them the adapter, they really under God wouldn't know where to even put it," he said.

Hooks has asked the federal government to provide money for community outreach programs in schools and churches, so the switch to digital television can be a smooth one for everyone in Memphis.


Click here to send an email to Anna Marie Hartman.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Arrest made in discovery of opium poppy plants in Catawba County

    Arrest made in discovery of opium poppy plants in Catawba County

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-23 22:34:17 GMT
    Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

    The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says the plants were found off Poultry Lane near Claremont.

    More >>

    The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says the plants were found off Poultry Lane near Claremont.

    More >>
  • Pregnant teen blocked from walking at graduation

    Pregnant teen blocked from walking at graduation

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:45 AM EDT2017-05-24 06:45:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:45 AM EDT2017-05-24 06:45:22 GMT

    The school principal says the student and her parents signed a covenant, vowing the teen wouldn’t have sex.

    More >>

    The school principal says the student and her parents signed a covenant, vowing the teen wouldn’t have sex.

    More >>
  • Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 23:26:19 GMT

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly