For the first time Communications Minister Juarez Quadros has admitted that it may be complicated for Anatel to complete all the work required to choose a digital terrestrial television standard and business model by the end of 2002. Speaking on Wednesday, May 22, at a public hearing convened by the Science & Technology Committee of the lower house of Congress, Mr Quadros didn?t explicitly rule out the possibility of a decision this year but recognized that time is short. A firm of consultants has been retained to recommend incentives and reciprocity proposals, with 120 days to produce its report. There are also mandatory public consultations to be held, each with its own duration specified by law. The minister reiterated the need to take political, economic and diplomatic issues into consideration when making the decision, which can?t be merely technical. The Government apparently believes all the DTV modulation techniques and platforms available today will be equally effective in a few years? time.