DTV panel details released


The June Open Meeting at the FCC couldn’t possibly been about anything other than the DTV Transition, now less than two weeks away. The meeting will consist of two panel presentations on transition status and prospects, one made up of key individuals in involved government agencies, and the other made up of members of industry and consumer organizations.

The Chairman and commissioners make opening statements at 9:30AM Wednesday 6/3/09, followed by DTV Coordinator William Lake’s overview.

Here are the panelists:

Panel 1:  FCC and NTIA Reports on the Status of the DTV Transition and Prospects for June 12, 2009: Eloise Gore, Associate Bureau Chief, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission; Cathy Seidel, Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission; Andrew Martin, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission; Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission; Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Panel 2:  Industry and Consumer Group Reports on the Status of the DTV Transition and Prospects for June 12, 2009: Jane Mago, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, National Association of BroadcastersLarry Sidman, President and CEO, Association of Public Television Stations; David Donovan, President, MSTV; Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Joel Kelsey, Policy Analyst, Consumers Union; Christopher A. McLean, Executive Director, Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition; Shawn DuBravac, Economist, Consumer Electronics Association; Erica Swanson, Deputy Director for Field Operations & Director, LCCREF DTV Assistance Campaign Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund.

RBR/TVBR observation: By now everybody should be set up for the switch, and those who are going to be doing what they can to ease the pain on 6/12/09 should know their assignment and be ready to snap into action. Tick….tick …tick…