As the nation’s television broadcasters shut off their analog signals for the final time last Friday, leaders at the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said early results point to a relatively smooth digital television (DTV) transition. Officials stressed, however, that teams of trained personnel will remain on duty for weeks to assist viewers in need. By midnight last Friday, 974 full power television stations out of 1787 stations nationwide that had continued analog broadcasts since the original February 17 DTV conversion deadline completed the switchover to digital. Although Friday’s analog cutoff did not affect the vast majority of U.S. television viewers that already have digital sets or converters or that subscribe to cable or satellite TV, statistics released by Nielsen indicate that 2.8 million television households—representing 2.5% of the total nationwide market—remained completely unprepared for the transition as of Sunday, June 7. For the week of June 7 to June 13, the FCC received more than 800,000 calls to its DTV hotline, with most callers requesting assistance with the channel scan function on their DTV converter boxes. While 317,000 of those calls came on Friday alone, the total tally for the week fell far below initial FCC estimates of up to 3 million calls. FCC staffers also confirmed that call volume had dropped significantly by Sunday, at which time the agency logged 62,000 inquiries. As FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell acknowledged that the FCC’s call center “worked relatively well” last Friday, acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps described the week’s events in terms of baseball, declaring: “we’re safe on third right now.” Emphasizing that “the FCC is in the midst—not the end—of the DTV transition,” Copps added, “our call center remains open, our teams are in the field, and our web site . . . is updated to reflect the kinds of problems viewers are having.” On behalf of the NTIA, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, “we will continue to inform unprepared Americans that $40 coupons for TV converter boxes are still available so they will have access to the news and emergency broadcast information they need.”