For a while now, I have been wondering about the decision of the government to make it mandatory for all analog T.V. service be changed to digital signals. I don't have a problem with digital service at all. In fact, I have digital service myself and am very happy with it. The part of this that I have a problem with is the fact that the government is making this mandatory.
Why? That has been my question since I heard about the change. Why was the government getting involved with this whole thing? Why the change anyway? What good reason could there be for a mandatory change of this magnitude? I searched all over the Internet for answers but could come up with nothing. No one seemed to know.
Yesterday, I saw an article in the Houston Chronicle written by Barbara Parrott McGinity. This is the only explanation I have found anywhere about the upcoming change so I thought I would pass it on to you.
"The federal government initiated this change to free up existing analog signals to provide more airwaves to police, fire departments and other emergency personnel."
Now I'm sorry, but this just doesn't make any sense to me. I guess I'm just thick-headed or something, but it just doesn't make any sense. How do you fill up the airwaves? How is that possible? Shouldn't we have some type of warning signal when the airwaves start to get full? Isn't there a siren or warning bell or flashing lights? How do you go about measuring the airwaves to find out how full they are? What agency of the government is in charge of all this nonsense?
Perhaps the biggest two questions that I have are ... how many Millions of dollars are going to be made from the sale of converter boxes and digital television sets that everyone will be forced by law to have by February of 2009?? And how much of this money is going to find it's way into the pockets of politicians that passed this law??
I can't help but wonder what else the government is going to take from us in the form of mandates that smack of profiteering. Scary times, my friends! Scary times indeed!
Man, I need some fortified coffee now...want to join me?