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NTIA administrator to resign

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Nov 2007 18:01 User comments (3)

NTIA administrator to resign John Kneuer, the man who's job it is to oversee the transition to all digital broadcasts in the United States as administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is to leave the post. He will resign this month to "pursue new opportunities", spokesman Todd Sedmak said on Friday.
Kneuer was named administrator of NTIA in May 2006 by President George W. Bush, and has made numerous appearances in recent months before committees on Capitol Hill to keep members of Congress updated on the transition to digital TV. His resignation comes amid growing concerns that the public is largely unaware that such a transition will take place.

On Feb. 18, 2009, millions of TV sets in use in the United States will be incapable of receiving digital signals. To fight this problem, the U.S. Congress committed $1.5 billion to the transition, but only earmarked $5 million for consumer education. The Government will provide U.S. households with two coupons worth $40 each which can be used to purchase digital-to-analog converter boxes.

The NTIA is administering the program. Sedmak said Kneuer's resignation will have no impact on the preparations for the transition. "We have the people and policies and programs in place for this project to be successful and all our other projects," he said. Until the White House nominates a replacement, Meredith Baker, deputy assistant secretary, will serve as acting NTIA administrator.

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3 user comments

112.11.2007 1:30

Watch out for your wallet. With digital television and the broadcast flag the MPAA will have total control of what you watch and believe it they will. They will keep squeezing us until we all get tired of it.

As far as DVD box sets go I'll only buy used or drastically marked down sets. I refuse to pay premium prices anymore unless I think its worth it.

Just my $.04

212.11.2007 1:30

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31.12.2007 21:51

well if he has failed to notify the masses that tv is changing then he deserves to be let go. This is a very large issue for all countries around the world. This issue is more than just digital transformation it has got to do with climate change and engergy consumstion rates that consumers will be concerned about.

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