FCC holds DTV Coupon Days

As the digital switch draws closer, the Federal Communications Commission is making stops around the area to make sure everyone is informed. Today FCC representatives were in Wilmington, visiting Solomon Towers and the Wrightsboro Volunteer Fire Department . Residents were educated on how to get DTV coupons and hook up a converter box. The help was well received. Wilmington resident Dessadra McGee said, "By the government doing this, it's really helping people, because a lot of people cannot afford to go out and buy those converter boxes on their own." Analog signals will be turned off at noon on September 8. FCC reps will be at the Wrightsboro Fire Department until 6:00 p.m. this evening. Tomorrow coupon days will take place at Hillcrest Apartments and James Walker Apartments in Wilmington. On Friday, you can stop by the New Hanover County Senior Center for info. Other dates and times: July 16: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Solomon Towers Third and Castle Streets, Wilmington 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wrightsboro Volunteer Fire Department 3515 Kerr Avenue, Wilmington July 17: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hillcrest Apartments 1402 Meares Street, Wilmington 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. James Walker Apartments 1020 Rankin Street, Wilmington July 18: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. New Hanover County Senior Center 2222 S. College Road, Wilmington July 21: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Riverside Park Senior Nutrition Center 6710 Old Bridgesite Road, Castle Hayne 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Myrtle Grove Branch Library 5155 S. College Road, Wilmington July 22: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Northeast Branch Library 1241 Military Cutoff, Wilmington July 23: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Houston Moore Apartments 1601 S. 13th Street, Wilmington July 31: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. New Hanover County Main Library 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington

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With all the news about the switching over of the signal....I bet after 12:01, all day you'll hear the stories of these people who didn't know the switch was going to happen and now they have no TV and what's the govt going to do for them. You know it's going to happen.
Well, since my coupons were of no use to me it's a good thing I have lots of movies to watch on my dvd player. The news and weather I can get online. And if the weather has gotten so bad during a hurricane that you have no electricity and can't watch your digital tv or use your battery operated tv becuase it's not digital, use your battery operated radio. It's a no brainer.
The coupons didn't do me any good. I applied for coupons when I first heard about them. I was sent 2 coupons which expired on June 19th. My local Walmart didn't even have any converter boxes by June 19th. And no, it's not that easy for me to get to Shallotte, Leland or Wilmington if they had them before June 19th.
what will we do when the power is off for 4 or 5 days??????????
Invest in a generator.
Make no mistake about it, we're informed. The digital switch is all we've heard for months. What I want to know is if the FCC is going to come up with some sort of option so we can use our battery powered sets during hurricanes and such. Also, I already have my converter box and my VCR will not work with a digital signal, so, it will be useless after the switch. Guess the whole thing is just a windfall for the electronics industry.
VCR??????????