The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell, expects to postpone a vote until early next year on his plan to convert the U.S. television system to digital technology by January 2009, a Powell aide has said. ¶
Local television stations and broadcasters like Walt Disney's ABC network have lobbied against the plan, saying consumers are not prepared to switch to digital TV sets. But police and fire-safety groups have pushed for the transition because it would free airwaves that are now used for broadcasting analog television signals for emergency services. ... Link: Bloomberg News via International Herald Tribune.