The FCC last week asked Congress for $313 million to fund operations for fiscal year 2008, 0.5 percent of which would be spent on efforts to educate the public about the DTV transition.
The proposed budget sets aside $1.5 million to fund a 2008 DTV outreach initiative to educate the public about the transition to digital television and the cessation of analog over-the-air television broadcasting.
The funds would be used to build on the commission's existing awareness efforts. The sum would fund the production and distribution of consumer information materials, public service announcements and Web material.
The FCC plans to produce "unbiased and technologically and competitively neutral information" to help consumers "knowledgeably" evaluate and purchase DTV products and services," the budget proposal said.
Highlights of the plan include:
To read the budget in its entirety visit: www.fcc.gov/Reports/fcc2008budget_complete.pdf.