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Gibbs Responds to News of Shooting at Holocaust Museum

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009; 2:55 PM

GIBBS: All right. Take you seats. Settle down. (inaudible) sometimes like a zoo in here, Mr. Secretary.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

GIBBS: Huh?

(LAUGHTER)

Again, in my endeavoring pursuit to bring you special guests, today obviously we have the secretary of commerce, Gary Locke, who's going to talk to you guys and give you a little bit of an update on the impending deadline for the transition for digital television, which takes place at the end of this week.

So, Mr. Secretary?

LOCKE: Thank you. Thank you, Robert.

And today I'm here to remind Americans about the impending national switch to digital television. It's just two days away, Friday, June 12th.

In February, President Obama signed the DTV Delay Act, which set June 12th as the final deadline for television broadcasters to transition from analogue to digital signals.

The president acted out of concerns for the millions of Americans who would have been left in the dark if the conversion had gone on as planned.

The Commerce Department and the FCC have been spearheading efforts to ensure all Americans are ready for the switchover, and great progress has been made in just the last three months, since Recovery Act funds were made available.

But with the deadline fast approaching, some people are still unprepared, some 2.5 percent of American households, or 2.8 million households.


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