At the Jan. 27 Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting, Cox Communications Public Relations Manager Karmen Blanco warned officials to be ready for several calls and questions from constituents.
The company was particularly worried about the impact on those who are sick, elderly, impoverished or don't speak fluent English, Blanco
"People are going to be very confused.
They're used to watching television, and for the first time, they're not going to be able to do that as readily," Blanco
said, adding that many televisions in camps and RVs, as well as those used for sports tailgating, would probably not work after the digital transition because they use analog signals and antennas.
Customers that have Cox
, another cable provider or satellite television service would not be affected by the change.
But televisions with rabbit ears will no longer work after the switch happens.
said that a five-minute test was conducted in Connecticut to help officials see what kind problems they would encounter.
The results were concerning, she
"They were inundated with calls, and more than half were because people received fewer channels because of where they lived," Blanco