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ACS educating area residents about 2009 digital television transition

Beginning February 17, 2009, all over-the-air television stations (example - NBC, FOX, PBS, ABC and CBS) will be required to convert their broadcasts/signals from an analog to digital format. This is a result of legislation passed by Congress to bring television into the 21st century. This change will improve public safety (freeing up communication channels) and deliver enhanced technology services to the public with greater efficiency. Because of this, some area television viewers may have questions regarding this transition.

Only homes that receive their television programming with an antenna will notice this issue; ACS Video customers will not be affected by this change. ACS has taken the steps to seamlessly make this transition without any interruption by converting the signal before delivering it to subscribers. In fact, customers will probably not even notice this change. For those using an antenna, many stores are selling digital set-top converters and offering coupons to help with the cost.

There are a number of resources available to answer further questions. ACS has created a short informational video airing on LocalLINC, ACS Video Channel 14, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. It is also available anytime at Stop by a local ACS Retail Center or call 1-866-YES-4ACS to have questions answered by one of the company's Customer Care Specialists. In addition, people can visit the government's official Digital Television Web site at, which has more information on the transition.

Arvig Communication Systems is a full-service telecommunications provider. In addition to local telephone, digital cable television and high-speed Internet access, ACS also provides long distance telephone service, business telephone systems, cellular phones and service and more. Visit the company online at