W. Virginia Senator Pushes for 3-Month DTV Delay
Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia proposed to congress yesterday that it delay the transition from analog to digital TV broadcasts by three months. The new proposed transition date would be June 12. Rockefeller says the delay is needed so the government can fill the backlog of consumer requests for the $40 coupons that will allow them to get converter boxes. He also said that the government and FCC need more time to better prepare for the change. AT&T and Verizon have together spent about $16 billion for the rights to use the spectrum that will be vacated once the transition takes place. Delaying the transition will almost certainly create negative consequences for those companies.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
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AT&T Key Partner in NSA Spying
AT&T is being called a "highly collaborative" partner of the NSA, and showed the government agency an "extreme willingness to help" spy on Americans, suggests a new report published by the New York Times. The Times based its report on documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who first revealed the government's mass-scale spying efforts two years ago.
NSA Given Permission to Spy On Calls Again
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court this week gave the NSA permission to resume spying on Americans' phone calls for a period of 180 days. In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection.
Republican Senators Want It to Be Illegal for US Gov to Use Huawei or ZTE Equipment
Republican Senators today introduced a new bill that would prevent the U.S. government from using telecommunications equipment from either Huawei or ZTE.
Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31.
YET ANOTHER DEMOCRAT in GREED Its KATRINA all over again
So we have another democrat echo what Hussein obama stated that he wanted to delay. ITS ABOUT MONEY not about helping any poor souls who didnt act until last month.
LOOK FOR A NEW TAX OUT OF THIS MARK MY WORDS!
Don't want further delay? Then why don't YOU do something to help?!
So, if you want no further delay in the DTV transition date, then take a step back from your keyboard, get off your ass, and do something to help expedite the transition.
Go door to door and ensure that every household in your neighborhood already has ...
THIS COUNRTY IS TOO REACTIVE!
Continue with the 2/17 transition and do one of three things.
1. Remove the 90 day expiration on the cards or set it out for 12 months.
2. Allow consumers to purchase the converter box between now and the end of the year and set up a rebate program or website to claim a refund.
3. Between 2/17 and 12/31 make any converter box purchase tax deductible.
We have a much bigger financial crisis to worry about and don't need this DTV transition hindering an already slow moving Goverment.
what about daylight saving??
y dont we abandon the time change twice a year?
remember, u put those people in office!
u can do something about it on next election!
KEEP FEB. 17TH!