KVMD-TV in Twentynine Palms, Calif., has become the second station in the
United States to obtain approval to terminate analog broadcasting and transition
to all-digital transmission.
The Federal Communications Commission, in an April 29 letter released
Thursday, gave KVMD the go-ahead to surrender the analog license because the
station had no measurable off-air viewership. Last December, the FCC rejected
KVMD's request to quit analog broadcasting.
KVMD can go all-digital within 30 days and may demand analog-cable carriage
for the digital signal on area cable systems.
WWAC in Atlantic City, N.J., is considered the first station in the country
to complete the digital-TV transition. That station turned over its analog
license to the FCC Dec. 13, 2002.