San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Said
While not as hard-hit as some cities like San Diego, where several network affiliates will switch to digital months before the federal mandate, and several rural regions of the country, where customers without cable services or a functioning converter box may face the loss of multiple stations, the early switchover in the Bay Area pits the economic stresses on smaller broadcasters against their public interest obligations. Continue reading 4 Bay Area Stations to Shut Off Analog Signals Early
What public interest obligations, you say? But they do exist and recently the FCC has gone as far as to suggest that they may be a bit more stringently enforced. Here is the updated and revised manual explaining the obligations of broadcasters.