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House Votes DTV Delay into Reality

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Feb 4, 2009, 4:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved delaying the transition to digital TV by four months. The new date of the mandatory transition is set for June 12. The delay was debated, but passed with a vote of 264 for and 158 against the delay. The government will use the time to get the converter box voucher program funded and more coupons to those who need them. The new legislation does, however, permit stations to switch to DTV if they so choose. As long as stations clear their transition with the FCC, they may make the switch. According to the FCC, up to 276 stations have indicated that they will make the change before, or on February 17.

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Feb 4, 2009, 8:33 PM

Why is this on phonescoop?

What does this have to do with cell phones?
The frequencies being vacated will be used by the winners of the most recent 700MHz auction (among others) to deploy new & additional services. VZW and AT&T come to mind, as they plan to deploy their 4G LTE network in the 700 MHz spectrum. In addition...
I guess they were right, there has not been enough done to educate the public on this switch.

Feb 5, 2009, 7:34 PM

Why Bother!

why bother to get coverter box, u know they will delay it again in June 2009!
if u make a date and cant keep the date, y should people believe u!

Feb 4, 2009, 5:43 PM

What a joke!

What a Joke people had plenty of time to get ready for this!
I do believe some of the issue arose with not having the funds for the public to get the converter boxes at a discount.

Feb 4, 2009, 11:21 PM

Why don't they just scrap the thing entirely.

Seriously, is this the second time or third time this has been delayed? It sounds to me like it is just a bad idea and should be scrapped. 🙄

BTW that was all said in an air of sarcasm.
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