The problem with you guys in NB is that your market is basically run out of Halifax. You're kinda back woods to the back woods. If your market really had local NB stations, then you could look forward to them converting their transmitters to Digital. But as it stands right now, you have a bunch of retransmitters being run out of Halifax.
You can probably expect the SRC station in Moncton to go DTV since it is SRC's flagship station in the Atlantic Provinces, but this is of little use to you if you don't watch french TV.
I really think that the Vermont solution should be applied to the NB market. This solution saw that areas broadcasters all locate their transmitters at one point on Mount Mansfield, VT. And, from there they transmit enough power to cover most of the state, and all the way up to Montreal.
I think the local CBC station in Saint John, and the local SRC station in Monction should place a tower north east of Fredricton, and use hi-VHF channels at about 50kw each to cover the Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, and all points inbetween market with a single transmitter each. This signal will be able to reach far north of that point, all the way east to the US border as well. This will be a far simplier and quicker way to get DTV to NB than to plan out a conversion of all those retransmitters that may never happen. I also think the CRTC should shutdown the CTV and Global retransmitters operating in NB, since they are basically run out of Halifax. Shut them down, and then open up applications for one or two new privately run stations based in the province. Those stations can follow the CBC & SRC by placing their transmitters at the same spot as I mentioned above, and they will cover their market with only one transmitter. This will allow DTV to enter your market quickly, and also re-establish local TV stations.
But, I don't really see any of this happening unless the residents of NB don't start to make some noise about their media being run out of Halifax. Not that I don't like Halifax. But, NB is not an extention of Halifax. And for that matter, neither is PEI.
It's really up to you guys. Channels 8 & 10 are presently used by the Presque Isle stations. That leaves Channels 7,9,11,12,13 in the hi VHF band. Shut down the retransmiters, and free up those channels for at least 50kw stations to use them. If you don't, then you will be stuck with low powered retransmitters clogging up the airways, and limiting the coverage that can be had for the residents of NB.
You have elected politicians, and you have the CRTC, and Industry Canada you can complain to. Don't let people who own your media run it out of Toronto, or Halifax. You have enough of a population base to justify a local market.
Speak up. Or else you will continue paying high BDU bills, and you will wait even longer than some other Canadian markets to fully see how great DTV, and ATSC reception can be.