As more than 400 television stations completed the digital television (DTV) transition on February 17, the FCC, broadcasters and consumer groups breathed a sigh of relief. Early reports showed minimal problems with customer confusion and disruptions in service. While the FCC reported nearly 28,000 DTV-related calls on February 17, many of those calls (32%) involved reception and related technical issues that, for the most part, were easily resolved. The second highest category of FCC calls came from consumers seeking assistance in tuning their DTV converter boxes, with complaints about lack of access to local area broadcast channels following in third place. Meanwhile, stations that terminated analog service on February 17 reported an average of 50-200 calls on February 17-18, a number that the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) termed as “extremely low.” Private sector entities contracted by the FCC to handle DTV transition calls, such as the AARP, Pintech, the WXII Public Broadcasting Council and the Communication Service for the Deaf, tallied a total of 3,000 calls on February 17, again, a modest number. Calls to the FCC dropped by 8.8% on February 18, although updated figures for February 19 and the days following were unavailable. Calling the early results “encouraging,” acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps gave credit to Congress for enacting the DTV Delay Act, which moved the national DTV transition deadline to June 12 and, according to Copps, thus “gave the FCC, broadcasters and our other partners in industry and the communities a chance to test, on a broader scale, the mechanisms we have in place to help consumers.” As Copps proclaimed that the delayed transition helped to avoid “anything like the extent of disruption we would have experienced had every station in the country gone completely digital” on February 17, a NAB spokesman observed that last week’s analog shut-offs “went better than anyone expected.”