FCC ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION CALL CENTER CONTRACT TO ASSIST DTV CALL CENTER CAPABILITY
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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:January 16, 2009
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FCC Announces $12 Million Call Center Contract to Assist DTV Call Center
CapabilityWashington, DC The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced it has
selected IBM to provide unprecedented call center support to assist viewers with the digital
television transition set to occur on February 17, 2009. Today's award is worth up to $12 million
and will allow the Commission to handle up to two million agent-assisted calls during the week
of the DTV transition, including up to 400,000 agent-assisted calls the day after the transition.
Last September, as part of the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2009, Congress
appropriated $20 million to the FCC to help fund its digital television outreach efforts. On
December 24, 2008, the FCC initiated a broad public request for proposals to provide call center
support for the DTV transition. Today's announcement is the culmination of that full and open
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