It's a process that's been in the works for many years, partly to free up more of the spectrum for emergency communications. But accusations that the switchover program was mismanaged -- from the converter boxes to the coupons to buy them -- plagued its final months and weeks. That prompted Congress to vote for a delay with the conversion to June 12. This past week, President Obama signed it into law -- with some provisions.
But many stations in smaller communities plan to move forward Tuesday regardless, saying they're ready to go and, especially in this economy, can't afford to keep both the analog and digital signals in place for another four months. What does this mean for people living in those areas? I hope you'll watch our story tonight.
Clearly, this entire situation is causing confusion for some people, as evidenced by this popular YouTube clip. And it's debatable whether the switchover is ready for prime time. But the pace of progress continues, even if some folks will need to change channels.