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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
5/11/2009  4:26:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael Jerrett, Harrell Office, (206) 684-8804 Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE 30-DAY COUNTDOWN TO THE DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION

    What: Press Conference on the 30-Day Countdown to the Digital Television Transition

    When: Wednesday, May 13 at 3:15 p.m.

    Where: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor - Bertha Knight Landes Room

    Who: Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Federal Communications Commission Representatives

    Why: In a joint effort with the Federal Communications Commission, Councilmember Harrell will convene this press conference to mark the 30-Day Countdown to the June 12th nationwide transition to digital television. The press conference will also call attention to the remaining 20,000 households in the Seattle market that remain unprepared for the transition.

The City needs to continue marketing this change to digital television and make sure that all residents are ready for the transition, said Councilmember Harrell. Local television programming is a fundamental service for many residents, enabling them to receive information and participate in their local democracy.

Members from the FCC will be at the press conference to provide a demonstration on how to install the converter box to an analog TV with an indoor antenna. Staff members will be on hand to help residents who have not taken advantage of the $40 coupon that is available to subsidize the $40 - $70 cost of the converter box.

For more information, visit the improved http://www.dtv.gov/ website or the Citys website at: http://seattle.gov/cable/digital.htm . You can also call Councilmember Harrells office at 206-684-8804.

Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and Webcast live on the City Councils website at www.seattle.gov/council. Copies of legislation, archives of previous meetings, and news releases are available on www.seattle.gov/council. Questions about Council news releases can be directed to Kimberly Reason, Council Communications, at 206-684-8159, or by e-mail at kimberly.reason@seattle.gov.

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