McDowell Heading to Alaska

FCC commissioner to visit state as part of DTV road show.

Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell picked Alaska for his first two announced digital-TV road-show visits.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin announced this week that staffers and/or commissioners would visit some 80 markets with the highest number (100,000 or more) or percentage (15% or more) of over-the air viewers. Those will be the ones most affected by the February 2009 switch to full-power digital TV.

McDowell visited the state on official business before -- having to do with the universal-service fund -- an aide said.

Commissioners and staffers got together to divvy up the markets, which Martin likened to the National Football League draft.