[opendtv] Re: News: Barton: 2009 Analog-Cutoff Date 'Frozen'

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 08:58:53 -0400

What was the original spectrum auction revenue figures used in the Balanced 
Budget Act of 1997?  After the tech bubble burst, can the government really 
expect $30 billion from a new auction?

I'm sure LG can't wait to get an order from the Government for 73 million 
5th generation STBs at $50 each.  I'm also sure they will outperform the 
Cold Fusion demonstrator that seems to have fallen off the face of the 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craig Birkmaier" <craig@xxxxxxxxx>

> The key consumer fairness issue and a point of wide divergence among
> the members is a government subsidy for converter boxes to allow
> disenfranchised analog-only sets to operate in the digital age.
> Some legislators want a subsidy for all 73 million analog sets,
> including second or third analog-only sets in cable and satellite
> homes, regardless of income. They point out that auction of the
> reclaimed analog spectrum could raise as much as $30 billion, against
> which a subsidy of $3.7 billion ($50 per converter box for all 73
> million analog-only sets) would be doable with plenty left over for
> the treasury. Others argue that with proper notification that the
> switch is coming, no subsidy may be necessary.

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