15 Jan 2009
HONOLULU - At noon sharp Thursday in Hawaii, a message appeared on analog TV sets across the islands: "All full-power Hawaii TV stations are now digital."
The state shut down old-fashioned broadcast signals, more than a month before the rest of the country is set to make the now-contentious switch.
Even before the change, residents lit up special TV help center phone lines set up by the Federal Communication Commission. More than 300 calls came in Wednesday, and 10 lines were lighting up Thursday.