After already making his position clear in comments both last week and at CES over the weekend, Consumer Electronics Association President/CEO Gary Shapiro Monday sent a formal letter to the chief of President-Elect Obama's transition team opposing any delay in the DTV transition.
In the letter, written to Obama transition co-chair John Podesta, Shapiro expressed concern that any move off of the scheduled Feb. 17 date would "confuse Americans while doing little to promote a successful transition to digital television."
“Government, industry and hundreds of consumer groups have cooperated and spent the last two years and hundreds of millions of dollars to make Americans aware of the transition,” Shapiro wrote. “With awareness now close to 100 percent, any change will be confusing and difficult to explain.”
Shapiro went on to suggest that government instead take steps which include fixing NTIA accounting issues, look into additional funding for the converter box program, elimination of the 90-day expiration date for coupons, and possible use of the coupons to directly purchase cable or satellite service.
Podesta, on behalf of the Obama transition team, had written a letter last week calling on Congress to consider delaying the Feb. 17 analog shutoff to an unspecified later date.