FCC enlists government workers to tackle urgent problem of switching home tvs from analog
- 3/27/09: "The Federal Communications Commission is teaming with AmeriCorp's National Civilian Community Corps for
- DTV outreach.
- least prepared for the switch from analog, including the FCC's own hometown of Washington, D.C. (number 49 on the list).
- The FCC, which has asked for $65 million from the stimulus package's DTV money for outreach and other
said Friday that it had signed an interagency agreement that will send AmeriCorps volunteers (ages 18 to 24) into the homes of target populations -- minorities, elderly, the disabled -- to help them connect antennas and converter boxes,
- or help them apply for the $40 government coupons to buy the boxes."
- (MultiChannel, continuing): "They will also help with community events and at walk-in help centers, starting with Denver (#15) as a test market.
Training begins next week in advance of a mid-April transition for some stations there, including two major network affiliates, according to the FCC.
- Denver is also home to one of the five NCCC (residential) campuses.
The others are Sacramento, Calif.; Perry Point, Md.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Vinton, Iowa.
- FCC staffers will train and coordinate the teams of NCCC members -- eight to 12 in each community."