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Federal official in L.A. to hear your digital TV concerns

February 5, 2009 | 11:25 am
FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein. (Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski / Bloomberg News.)

Fresh off Wednesday's action by Congress to delay the switch to digital TV until June 12, a top Federal Communications Commission official will be in Los Angeles next week for three town hall meetings on the now even-more-complicated transition.

FCC commissioners have spent the past several months traveling around the country to large cities and markets where at least 15% of the households rely on antennas to watch TV.  Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein drew Los Angeles.

He will be answering questions Monday in three locations: at the West Covina Senior Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; and Cal State L.A. from 6 to 8 p.m. More details are available here (PDF).

President Obama is expected to sign the legislation delaying the transition, currently planned for Feb. 17, by nearly four months. Adelstein, a Democrat, has been critical of how the Bush administration handled the transition. He applauded the planned delay for giving the FCC and others more time to help viewers prepare.

-- Jim Puzzanghera