Big Switch Minute: Digital Transition Awareness

WILMINGTON -- From Town Hall meetings to baseball game promotions, federal officials are trying to educate the public about the transition to digital television.

That transition takes place in our area on September 8 and in February in the rest of the country.

A new report says they're not doing enough.

The leadership conference on civil rights is sharply criticizing the outreach effort to groups such as the elderly, the poor and minorities.

The coalition of civil rights organizations says many people "will suffer significant harm" if the converter box coupon program isn't improved.

The report calls it "confusing, burdensome, and restrictive."

FCC chairman Kevin Martin said he's asking Congress for more money to spend on the educational effort.

The civil rights group wants Congress to cough up the money, saying "access to communications is not a luxury. It's a necessity."

Reported by Jim Hanchett