Back-to-back-to-back telephone calls to the business desk this morning revealed a key issue to me: Oklahomans are interested in the upcoming transition from analog to digital broadcasts.
What that means is that all the television stations will pull the plug on their analog over-the-air broadcasts on Feb. 17, 2009, rendering old non-digital capable televisions useless, unless they are connected to a cable or satellite service. Or a digital converter box.
For the estimated 14 percent of the U.S. population that relies soley on the over-the-air broadcasts of local televisions stations, the impending transition is a huge issue.
So, early this morning — Jan. 2, 2008 — I got three phone calls from Oklahomans wanting to know how they could get one of the subsidy coupons the government is issuing.
Congress authorized the coupons, which knocks $40 off the price of a digital converter box. The agency commissioned with the task of issuing the coupons began accepting applications for them on New Year’s Day.
We ran a short item in Tuesday’s paper about the process, which prompted the calls from readers.
So, if you or someone you know needs up to two of the coupons that will cover much of the estimated $50 to $70 cost for each of the digital converter boxes, here is the phone number to call: 1-888-388-2009.
Better still, log on here and order the coupons online.
Business News Reporter