The United States isn’t the only country where a digital transition has caused strong feelings. Imagine how the debate would be going in the U.S. if an analog service “sunset” were suggested.
The U.K. has proposed 2015 as a target date for a switch-off for analog broadcasting, but it also established numerous preconditions based upon certain levels of receiver penetration, digital radio listening levels, availability of in-car and other mobile receivers, robustness of coverage area, etc. Analog radio fans have been quick to paint the 2015 date as a firm switch-off date; the British government has stated that switchover is dependent upon public uptake of the technology.
Despite the preconditions set for a 2015 analog sunset, and a general consensus that those preconditions will not be met, there is some vocal opposition to the target date. The commentary shown here appeared in a recent issue of the British Vintage Wireless Society’s bulletin, a quarterly publication. It was written by the group’s Mike Barker. (“MP” means member of Parliament, “Ofcom” is short for the regulatory body Office of Communications.)
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