Originally published: April 21, 2009
Last updated: April 21, 2009 - 9:40pm
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Anna Gomez is "cautiously optimistic" there will be enough coupons and converter boxes for the digital television transition in June and that interruptions to service will be minimized. Speaking to the National Association of Broadcasters she said, "The gradual approach has enabled us to focus our efforts and resources on the last few million households (that are not prepared)," adding that "as long as there is not a huge spike between now and the conversion" she expects a smooth transition. Federal Communications Commission member Jonathan Adelstein, officially nominated to run the Rural Utilities Service at the Department of Agriculture, told the NAB he couldn't make predictions but "it will not have a KGB atmosphere anymore."