When the analog signal disappears from television on February 17th, about 6.5 million Americans will find themselves without the ability to watch their sets. The Federal Communications Commission, along with broadcasters, has been trying to make sure Ohioans are ready for the switch from analog to digital television. Ann Carter of Columbus admits she isn't but she says she does know she will have to do something soon.
Judith Williams of Columbus says she's tried to prepare herself for the switch by getting one of the forty dollar coupons being offered by the federal government.
FCC officials say expired coupons will not be honored by the federal government at this time. There's a waiting list for coupons right now. The FCC is hoping to get more federal money to give more coupons to people on that list. As for people who have received the coupons and let them expire, they will not be issued more coupons at this time but federal officials are urging people with expired coupons to hang on to them, just in case the federal government changes the rules in the coming days or pushes back the date for the switch to June. Some lawmakers are pushing the idea of delaying the switch since so many people are not yet ready for it.