Nearly 700 broadcasters want an early DTV transition

Between a quarter and a third of all TV stations want to go ahead and pull the plug on analogue, Feb. 17, which could make for what is effectively a staggered start to the DTV era, depending on how many the FCC allows to go on that date.
A total of 491 TV stations have told the FCC they want to make the transition to digital Feb. 17, according to a just-released list from the commission (10th February). Another 190 have already switched or are doing so before Feb. 17.
It is now up to the FCC to let stations know whether they can or not.
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
Item added: 16th February 2009