|House Approves DTV Delay Legislation|
|Home Theater News Industry-Trade News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 05 February 2009|
Despite attempts by House Republicans to open the bill up to amendments, the argument by Democrats that millions of households were not prepared for the switch in programming won out. The bill was moved quickly through the House under a “closed rule” umbrella, which effectively denied amendments to be proposed or voted on.
Republicans failed to see their six amendments considered, one of which would have freed up millions of dollars toward the backlogged coupon program, and another which would have allowed analog transmissions to be used for emergency services.
The numbers from Neilson showed that approximately 6.5 million Americans would not be ready for the initial February 17th deadline. The delay means that more Americans will be able to apply for coupons, and more consumer outreach programs in the form of education and call centers will be able to ease the nation’s transition to digital broadcasts.