The President of the Office of Electronic Communications presented an idea to found a foundation the aim of which will be to promote the digital switchover.
Bearing in mind that analogue broadcasting in Poland will be switched off in 2015 the latest, the main goal of the foundation is to offer related know-how to all those to whom digitalization is a new concept as well as to promote the very idea in the society.
Amongst tasks of the foundation there is an educational campaign. Within its framework, initiatives such as public debates, bulletin preparation and meetings will be undertaken to inform the public of the benefits coming from digitalization and how digitalization will actually be carried out. Foundation volunteers in organized meetings could give presentations and hold discussions to inform the public as broadly as possible.
Information on digitalization
It should be noted that digitalization of TV will facilitate integration with other digital techniques. It also means an improvement in the quality of audio and video. Digital TV will increase the number of TV channels, both nationwide and regional. It also offers immediate access to more language & subtitle options and to ‘parent codes’ which block programs for adults. It also means more computer games, interactive educational materials and widely understood knowledge.
Digitalization will impose subsequent changes, necessary in the evolution toward information society. This is why, it is essential that the public is adequately informed as to the digital switchover of terrestrial TV and is fully aware of the resulting benefits. Digitalization requires extensive agreements as such a complicated process cannot be implemented with involvement only from the Office of Electronic Communications
Establishing a foundation
In the light of the afore – mentioned facts, consideration is given to idea of establishing an organization in Poland, similar to Digital UK (United Kingdom), which is responsible for informing the public of all aspects of digitalization.
Therefore, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications proposes that a relevant foundation is established by a legal act. The foundation would be financed by budgetary subsidies and by TV operators present in the Polish market. The foundation would be supervised by a body indicated in the legal act. The supervision would entail an audit of finances and other means used and the extent to which statutory goals are being met. Additionally, the foundation would submit an annual report to the supervisory body, which would also be available to the public.
It is requested that all opinions, comments and ideas on the ‘Digital Poland’ foundation are submitted till 21 November 2008 in a written form to the Office of Electronic Communications or in an electronic form to: firstname.lastname@example.org