DTV Transition Partially Occurs, World Doesn't End
Federal call center easily handles user calls, problems...
About 421 of the nation's roughly 1,800 stations made the transition to digital broadcasts on the originally scheduled date (February 17), and so far the world has continued rotating. Fears that consumers weren't ready for the switch resulted in Congress extending the deadline into June, though TV stations were given the right to cut over ahead of the deadline -- as long as they got permission from the FCC. According to the Associated Press
, the Federal call center created to handle user problems (1-888-CALL-FCC) easily handled call volumes and got fewer calls (28,000) than expected (100,000).