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National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for November 2008
Date:12/8/2008

0 a.m. until noon. The toll-free call-in number is (888) 790-6568, and the pass code is "NCD Meeting."

The Spring quarterly meeting will be held March 30-April 1 in Washington, DC, and the Summer quarterly meeting will be held in July, 2009, in Minneapolis, MN.

DTV Transition

On February 17, 2009, all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality and additional channels. Find out more about whether or not you will be impacted by the digital TV (DTV) transition by visiting http://www.dtv.gov/whatisdtv.html.

The transition may disproportionately affect certain segments of the population, especially those who are more likely to have older, analog televisions and rely exclusively upon free over-the-air television, that is, those who do not subscribe to cable, satellite, or some other paid television service. These include: seniors, people with disabilities, non-English speaking consumers, minority consumers, low-income consumers, and people living in rural and tribal areas. Generally, any consumer with an analog television who is not connected to cable or satellite has three basic options for preparing for the DTV transition. They can either:

1. Purchase a digital-to-analog converter box and connect it to their analog set. Congress has established a program to assist consumers in purchasing converter boxes. Under this program, every household is entitled to two $40 coupons, each of which can be used to help purchase a converter box. Coupons may be requested from www.dtv2009.gov or by calling 888-DTV-2009 or,

2. Buy a digital televi
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