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: Digital Television
Transition: Majority of Broadcasters Are Prepared for the DTV Transition, but Some Technical and Coordination
Issues Remain (GAO-08-510)
The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires
all full-power television stations in the United States to cease analog
broadcasting by February 17, 2009. Prior to the transition date, broadcasters
must take a series of steps to begin transmitting a digital signal. To determine
broadcasters’ readiness for the transition date, we conducted a Web-based survey
of full-power licensed broadcasters. We surveyed 1,682 broadcasters from the Federal
Communications Commission’s database of full-power broadcasters of which 66.7 percent
responded. This e-supplement lists questions and results from the survey.
Some survey questions were not applicable to all respondents. As such, the survey
results are presented based on the number or respondents for a given question and do not represent overall percentages for all survey respondents.
A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology is contained in our report
“Digital Television Transition: Majority of Broadcasters Are Prepared for the DTV Transition,
but Some Technical and Coordination Issues Remain.”
GAO-08-510 (Washington, D.C.: April 30, 2008).
We administered the survey from December 2007 through February 2008 in accordance with generally
accepted government auditing standards.
How to View The Surveys
- Click on the Table of Contents link located in the lower right of this
screen. To read to the bottom of the screen, you may need to use your scroll
bar on the right side of this screen.
- The first screen in the survey is an introduction and general
information that was sent to and viewed by recipients of the survey. There
are no survey results to view on this screen. This screen is for information
only and you may by-pass it by clicking on Next located at the bottom of the
screen in the lower right.
- The survey may have links to allow respondents to bypass
inapplicable questions (skip patterns). While these were active
links during the data collection period, they have now been
- When a respondent wrote a narrative response to a question, we sometimes present
the percent of respondents making a comment.
How to View the Responses for Each Question
- To view the responses to each question, click on the question number
(Links to survey questions will look like this:
- After viewing the responses to each question, click on the "x" in
the upper right corner of your screen to close that window and return to the questionnaire.
How to Return to a Page That You Previously Visited
- To return to the last screen you viewed, click the Previous button on
the lower right corner of the screen.
- Click the Next button to advance to the next screen.
How to Make the Font Larger on Your Screen
- You can make the font larger by changing your browser setting. For
example, on Internet Explorer you can change the font size by going to View
and selecting Text Size.
- If you have questions concerning these data, please contact Mark Goldstein at (202)512-2834 or
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