does the government really need to be involved?


does the government really need to be involved with the digital transition? i would say, both yes and no. yes, in that hopefully it will help the process happen in that i am not a big proponent of the government telling me what i "have" to do (ie. upgrade). what are your thoughts?
I don't mind government involvement if it doesn't include some kind of residual benefit for monopoly cable or satellite companies. I like the fact that there are government regulated broadcast standards for digital signals forcing OTA broadcast channels to meet a minimum requirements, becauase if there weren't, a lot of consumers in fringe areas would be completely cutt off from OTA broadcasts.