NAB: Have mercy during DTV rollouts

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Broadcasters are urging more lenient treatment for TV stations as they try to
comply with the digital-TV rollout.

Responding to proposals the Federal Communications Commission issued two
months ago, the National Association of Broadcasters and other trade groups
urged the FCC to let smaller-market and lower-revenue stations phase in digital-TV
hours of operation.

Broadcasters awaiting permanent digital-TV assignments should not be forced to
launch lower-power operations on temporary channels, they added.

The groups also reiterated calls to eliminate analog/digital simulcasting
requirements during the transition and to establish technical requirements for