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FCC Mandates DTV Tuners by 2007

January 15, 2002
Press Release

WASHINGTON -Janurary 15, 2002-

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-1 in favor to require television manufacturers to have digital television (DTV) tuners in all sets by 2007.

The FCC ruled that by July of 2007 all sets would have to have the tuners. According to AP, manufacturers will have to include the tuners in all television 36 inches and longer by July of 2004, while all smaller televisions will have the three remaining years to meet the requirement.

The vote by the FCC reflects the government’s dissatisfaction with the whole DTV process. Michael Powell, FCC chairman, says the FCC’s action will take High Definition Television (HDTV) from being HDTV ready to reality.

Jenny Miller, a spokeswoman for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), says the requirement will cost $250 per set, and consumers about $7 billion. Disputing Miller’s claims is Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcaster (NAB), who, says that the NAB doesn’t anticipate any cost increase for onsumers. He adds that the simpler it is for consumers, the faster the technology will be accepted.

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Founded by Bob Gullo in 1987, EDG is a pioneer in the custom residential electronics industry. Considered by its peers and industry magazines as one of the top residential system integrators in the country, EDG continues to design innovative systems using the latest software and control system technology to bring its clients simple and easy to use solutions. Providing expertise in all aspects of residential environments, EDG is known for: audio/video systems, acoustics, media room design, lighting, HVAC, telecommunications and motorized control of shades, lifts and other devices. EDG is a one-stop solutions provider in the Hi-End residential marketplace.

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