The FCC is planning a series of workshops which will address what it believes are special needs groups regarding the switch to digital television 2/17/09. Dates have been announced for two of them. On 11/8/07, a session will be held addressing the needs of senior citizens, and on 12/4/07, a workshop will address the needs of minority and non-English speaking citizens. The groups "have been identified as likely to be disproportionately impacted by the transition and least aware of it." Other groups, which include those with disabilities, low-income households and people in rural areas, will be scheduled for 2008. While individual citizens from each group are welcome to attend the events, which are being held at FCC headquarters in Washington DC, the real benefit will be attendance by advocacy and consumer groups that can spread the word directly to the at-risk citizens.
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