U.S. and UK Groups seek to exorcise technological demons for seniors

Older Americans who are in independent living situations may be confused by a change that allows TV networks to continue airing analog signals that work on older televisions without the use of a converter box.

While the Federal Communications Commission planned for all network television to go digital on Feb. 12

U.S. and UK Groups seek to exorcise technological demons for seniors , broadcasters now have a window that lasts until June 17 to make the change.

The FCC has released a list of when the remaining stations will make the switch, but local news and information will continue on at least one channel until June.

Information sessions will be available from networks that have already made the switch and FCC representatives are traveling around the country in areas with high over-the-air use populations.

In the UK, internet education efforts are planned for those over 50 as roughly one-third of British seniors are not using the internet according to the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

"Computers don't bite and getting online is easier… than people think," says Rachel Thomson, NIACE lead media literacy officer.

The Careers Advice Service in the UK offers assistance and course offerings so people of all ages can get online and take advantage of web and e-mail services.

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