Dear Minister Moore,
The CRTC issued a pair of new decisions today regarding Canada’s digital television transition.
The only big change is that Whitehorse, Yukon, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Iqaluit, Nunavut are no longer listed as markets where a transition to digital television is mandatory.
Since transmitters in Whitehorse and Yellowknife are in small markets, are not located between 52 and 69 on the dial, and will have “no impact” on adjacent markets, they are able to remain transmitting in analog beyond August 31, 2011.
The logic behind Iqaluit not having to go digital, as stated by the CRTC, is that since it has never had any full powered over-the-air analog television transmitters, the Commission can’t require any digital television transition there.
I find this justification curious.
Was the CRTC not aware of this originally? If not, why? Seems like something they should have known about, non?
If on the other hand the CRTC has always known this, why the change? Did the CRTC originally want Iqaluit, a capital city, to have digital television? Why no longer?
To recap, the new plan for over-the-air television in Canada’s North is that analog television transmissions will be allowed to continue in Yellowknife and Whitehorse, and Iqaluit will be allowed to continue without any full powered over-the-air television signals at all.