|DTV Transition Deadline may be Extended|
|Home Theater News Industry-Trade News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 21 January 2009|
Related to this news are the proposals of Senators and House representatives that the February 17th deadline be moved to June 12th. This delay is sought mainly by Democrats who support Obama’s request that more time be given to consumers, particularly the poor and the elderly, to prevent broadcasting outages and signal loss.
The House is suggesting that the coupons being distributed to consumers to purchase converter boxes be given extended expiration dates, and that consumers with expired coupons be able to apply for new ones. This coupon program is a $1.34 billion investment to ease the transition to digital programming, yet delays in sending out the coupons have caused a 2 million coupon waiting list.
Also within the proposed stimulus plan is $6 billion to upgrade and supply broadband Internet access to areas that are currently underserved, and $2 billion towards computer hardware and software for government agencies and schools.