On November 2, Maine voters will be asked to approve a $9.4 million referendum t
On November 2, Maine voters will be asked to approve a $9.4 million referendum to help pay the costs of converting Maine Public Television from an analog to a digitally format. The digital format will makes better use of frequencies, making space available for other telecommunications needs, and will result in crystal-clear images. Federal Communications Commission regulations require that all broadcast television stations, both public and private, provide a digital signal by the year 2003, with complete conversion mandated for 2006. Rob Gardiner, president of Maine Public Broadcasting Corp. (MPBC) , says failure to comply will result in the loss of MPBC's licenses. Maine will be the first state in the nation to hold a referendum on conversion, for which Gardiner said MPBC has budgeted a total of $20.8 million. Gardiner claims that MPBN will be out of business in eight years if the referendum fails.
Maine Public Broadcasting Corp, Referendums (State), Television
Haskell, Meg, "On November 2, Maine voters will be asked to approve a $9.4 million referendum t" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3813.