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June 8, 2009

Re:  Clinics for Help with June 12 Digital Transition

Dear Mayor,

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has asked that we remind you that the transition to digital television is set for June 12, 2009.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is providing walk-in clinics in the State for consumers who still need help preparing for the switch. 

Clinics are scheduled at various sites around the state and more are being added.  Currently scheduled clinics are listed at http://www.nj.gov/bpu/pdf/cablepdfs/DTVlinks.pdf.  The BPU will update the web listing as additional clinics are scheduled.

On June 12, all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop analog broadcast service and transmit only digital signals.  Consumers who do not subscribe to pay television services and have older, analog televisions will need to have digital-to-analog converter boxes attached to their televisions in order to continue receiving over-the-air television programming.  They may also need to adjust or upgrade their television set-top antennas. 

According to the FCC, approximately 250 FCC staffers have been working with the public at events and DTV clinics nationwide.  In addition, the FCC is providing in-home assistance for over 200,000 homes through independent contractors, with additional in-home assistance being provided by AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members and firefighters in cooperation with the International Association of Fire Chiefs.  All of these in-home installation services are at no charge to the consumer.  Consumers also can take advantage of these services by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC, or visiting www.dtv.gov.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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