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October 29, 1998

Press Statement
FCC Commissioner Susan Ness

Thomson/USSB/DirecTV Digital Television Demonstration

Today's demonstration brings the digital television rollout one step closer to consumers' living rooms. Divergent industries have come together on a common goal -- to inform consumers about the advent of digital television. I am pleased that consumers throughout the country will be able to watch, in stores, a sampling of digital television programming as it is broadcast by satellite. What is important about today's demonstration is that it shows how the industries with a stake in digital television can work together successfully. This kind of cooperation and consumer focus is exactly what is needed for the digital rollout to be successful. Congratulations to you all.