As the nation's television broadcasters prepare to convert their signals from analog to digital format, a coalition of education and children's advocacy groups is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make rules for digital television (DTV) that will protect the interests of children.

Though the capabilities of DTV will enrich the quality of video resources available to educators, children's advocates fear the technology also might increase the opportunities for marketing to children and erode students' privacy. In addition, they want to ensure that broadcasters offer enough educational programming that can take advantage of DTV's potential


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