OREGON COUNTY -- A representative from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's office, Christy Farrell, will be at the Country Cottage in Thayer Dec. 8, for a Kitchen Table Talk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Farrell said the focus of the table talk will include DTV transition.
The transition to digital television is Feb. 17, 2009. Staff members of Sen. McCaskill announced last week, a series of Kitchen Table Talks have been planned specifically aimed at informing Missourians about the DTV transition.
"The purpose of the talks is to inform Missouri residents about government provided resources available to them as they transition into the new system. The residents of the county should feel free to come and talk to me about other important issues as well," Farrell said.
As part of the transition, all analog televisions not connected to cable, satellite or a digital converter box will go dark on Feb. 17.
"Americans, especially senior citizens, depend on television programming to provide them with important information, including weather alerts, emergency information and breaking news. Without taking action, over 400,000 Missouri households will not be able to receive a TV signal when they wake up Feb. 17," she said.
The federal government is sponsoring a coupon program that will provide two $40 vouchers to help purchase converter boxes for analog television sets, which range in price between $40 and $60.
"Consumers must request their coupons, and already over 20 percent of coupons available for distribution have been distributed," Farrell said.
To find out more about the coupons call 1-888-DTV-2009 or visit dtv2009.gov.