As promised by Federal Communications Comission chairman Michael Powell, the
Media Bureau Wednesday sent letters to companies in six separate industry groups
requesting updates on their progress in rolling out digital-television services.
Recipients included the seven broadcast networks and PBS; network affiliates
in top-100 markets; the nine largest cable operators; DirecTV Inc. and EchoStar Communications
Corp.; consumer-electronics manufacturers; and retailers.
The aim is identify areas where the transition to digital TV isn't getting necessary
attention and to draw up possible federal action that could speed the switch