[opendtv] News: Markey Expects 'Hard' DTV Date To Move

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Markey Expects 'Hard' DTV Date To Move

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/5/2005 8:50:00 AM

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tells C-SPAN in an interview slated for 
Monday night that he expects the House version's Dec. 31, 2008, 
deadline for the cut-off of analog service and the switch to digital 
TV will be delayed.

According to C-SPAN., when asked about the transition and the amount 
of money the Republican-backed first-come, first-served set-top box 
subsidy would cover, about 10 million out of a possible 20 million 
households or more, Market says: "My best is that Republicans will 
back off...there will be a delay in the date to turn off analog TV 
sets in America..."

Markey has been one of the most vocal critics of the House-passed DTV 
transition bill. Unlike the bipartisan Senate version that allocates 
$3 billion to a subsidy that would cover everyone, the House version 
requiries viewers to actively seek out the subsidy, and would only 
put $960 million towards it.

The Senate bill also sets an April 7, 2009, hard date.

When the House bill passed in October, Markey argued that it was an 
attempt to save tax cuts on the backs of the poor by returning most 
of the spectrum auction receipts-anywhere from $10 billion to perhaps 
as much as $30 billion-to the treasury rather than sufficiently 
funding the subsidy first, which would primarily benefit the poor and 

Without a subsidy covering everyone, he said at the time, the January 
2009 hard date would be untenable.
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