The United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration continue to work on different programs to educate the public of upcoming analog to digital transition. The NTIA has diverted an extra $5 million to different community programs, including; a $2.7 million grant to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and $1.6 million dollars to The Leadership conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. This money is in addition to the original $5 million dollar allotment from the government to be used for DTV educational purposes and the $1.5 million dollar DTV coupon program initiated to help offset cost for consumers in purchasing two of their boxes per household.
These agencies will be dealing with getting more local based community groups initiated to lend assistance to help those who are language challenged or house-bound due to age or disability. These programs will include translation assistance as well as in home assistance to those who need it including purchasing and hook up help. The DTV Assistance Centers in charge of these more locally based educational efforts will be in several different United States metropolitan areas. The exact location of these centers is scheduled to be disclosed in January. However, some of the cities designated for these centers are;
* Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area
* Portland, Ore.
* San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland metropolitan area
Plans are to have two centers operating in each city. Hopefully, they will be up and running fully prepared in time to help consumers be ready before the big change over.
-written by acwriter