Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. is calling on federal officials to postpone the scheduled Feb. 17 change that moves broadcast television channels to a digital format that requires viewers without cable, satellite or other television service to obtain a special box to receive a signal.
Cockrel, in a letter to Michael Copps, a Federal Communications Commissioner who was in Detroit today, said despite a massive outreach effort to get boxes in the hands of those who still use a television antenna to receive a signal, too many would be left with no television service when the changover occurs. Cockrel said seniors, the poor and first-generation immigrants especially would be hit.
“The City of Detroit is overrepresented in terms of these vulnerable groups, and moreover, has a lower overall subscription rate for cable and satellite services than the national average,” Cockrel wrote in the letter. “It is onerous and inexcusable for the federal government to institue a discretionary, regulatory change that will regress millions of households back to 1949, when radio was the primary means of getting news and entertainment broadcasts."
Then since all the poor Detroiters have been getting free, over-the-air television for decades, and preseumably have been hearing about the change over to digital for years, there is no reason to think that the majority of them didn't request their coupons in a timely manner and/or saved up the 40 bucks to get a converter box. Right?
Hmmmm....maybe I should be a large map of metro Detroit for on my wall, so I better know the relationship of my city and the suburbs. - Supersport