Rural Colorado areas may lose reception after DTV switch
DENVER, Colorado ” Thousands of people in Colorado and elsewhere may soon have dark television screens because aging devices that relay signals to rural areas will stop working after the nationwide switch to digital television.
The devices are TV translators, which rebroadcast stations’ programming to areas outside their reach. Unless they are upgraded to digital service, they won’t work.
R. Ken Parsons, vice president of the National Translator Association, says about 40 percent of translators nationwide will stop working.
The Federal Communications Commission says more than 4,000 licensed translators are operating in the United States. Parsons estimates another 2,000 are operating without a license.
The digital switch was planned for February but has been delayed until June.