Following the enactment of the DTV Delay Act, which shifted the national DTV transition date to June 12, 2009, the FCC issued a flurry of public notices to guide those television stations that still wanted to terminate analog service as planned on February 17, 2009, the prior transition date. After the dust settled, as of February 18, slightly over one-third of all full-power television stations had ceased analog operations and were operating as digital-only stations.

With the DTV Delay Act enacted less than a week before the original February 17, 2009 DTV transition date, the FCC now faces the challenge of modifying its DTV transition rules and procedures to accommodate the new date. Industry observers expect that the Commission will release one or more DTV-related items in the coming days.