[opendtv] Transition to Digital Gets Closer

  • From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 08:59:53 -0500

Transition to Digital Gets Closer

The New York Times
December 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - The House of Representatives moved early Monday 
to provide millions of households with coupons to buy equipment to 
keep their television sets working after broadcasters switch from 
analog to digital signals. But consumer groups warned that the new 
law would still impose significant costs on viewers.

The House measure, including a mandate to complete the transition to 
digital television by early 2009, was included in budget legislation 
approved shortly before sunrise by a vote of 212 to 206. The 
provisions, awaiting Senate approval, are of enormous importance to 
the television, cable and wireless telephone industries.

As part of the transition, the legislation would provide each 
household with up to two coupons worth $40 each for converter boxes 
to attach to analog television sets so they are not obsolete once 
broadcasters surrender their analog licenses on Feb. 17, 2009, as the 
new law would require. Not coincidentally, the date was selected to 
fall two weeks after the Super Bowl and a month before the widely 
watched National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball 



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