To read the report:
Teletruth News: New Report and Survey. September 23, 2008
New Study and Real-World Testing of Over-the-Air Television (OTA) viewers:
New Real-World Test of Hunterdon, County, New Jersey Reveals 100% Loss of New York Stations, 100% Lost of Some Stations Or No Reception with Current Antennas and Converter Box Configurations.
FCC's Wilmington Test Not Real-World Test for Most who Are Impacted by the DTV Transition - Rural areas. Whole Communities Are Expected to be Impacted.
Teletruth Files Separate Data Quality Act Complaint - FCC's DTV and Wilmington Data and Statements Play Down Harms - FCC's Needs a Class in Basis Statistics.
Email to Teletruth:
"After I emailed you I also emailed every single person with the FCC that I could find an email address for. I'm really, REALLY concerned for the safety of my loved ones who rely on the TV for emergency situations and news. It is also how my elderly family members stay "in touch" with the outside world".
EXAMPLE: Real World-Test Score of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Customer has large antenna on the roof. Test with converter box and current equipment - 100% loss of current programming, No New York or Philadelphia stations; three of the same PBS station using multi-casting. Hunterdon County, NJ is part of the New York Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and is considered a 'rural fringe' area.
On May 14, 2008, Tom Allibone, Director of Audits for Teletruth, a resident of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and an FCC "DTV Deputy" bought a converter box with his coupon to be able to have his free, over-the-air television switch from an analog to digital signal, just like millions of Americans. The box failed to deliver on signals of stations he currently enjoyed, and though he received new channels, such as the Korean station, theses were not programs he would be likely to watch.
After a story came out about his experience in the Hunterdon Democrat with contact information, 29 Hunterdon County residents called or emailed Teletruth, as well as 6 other calls or emails from around the US. Teletruth followed up with interviews as well as on-site visits to examine the transition issues first hand.
Findings and Issues Summary: Teletruth's Data Contradicts FCC's Proposed Plans for the DTV Transition.
Our sample of Hunterdon County over-the-air viewers found:
1. 100% of those tested lost some of their current viewing channels, even with a large antenna.
7. FCC's Wilmington Test does not adequately address rural fringe areas.
For more information:
Bruce Kushnick, Chairman, Teletruth
Executive Director, New Networks Institute
Tom Allibone, Director of Audits,
President, LTC Consulting