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Digital Transition Back On Track For February 17

By Luke Anderson

The other day I was pretty harsh on the Senate’s decision to delay the transition from analog to digital TV. I still stand firmly by my opinion, and am happy to report that the United States House of Representatives shares my stance. The bill failed to gain the two-thirds majority of votes that it needed to pass.

This isn’t the final nail in the coffin, as it is still possible for the bill to be brought back to the floor under the rules of a simple majority vote. What I find interesting is that the other day we were talking about 20 million people being unprepared, and now we’re hearing a 6.5 million figure. Honestly, if that’s all we’re talking, I don’t think it will take long for the 6.5 million people to get things sorted out once their TV stops working.

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  • Dabbith

    You do realize that most of the people who are unprepared are in poverty right? These are the kind of people who don't read things on the internet and didn't know the transition was coming until the recent TV ads. While I agree the date for the transition shouldn't be changed, I do wish they would get more funding behind the coupon program. I'm sure most of the people who got the coupons early where the people who least needed them.

  • moo083

    Dabbith: You do realize that the commercials have been on TV for about a year, right? Now I know many are in poverty, but changing to June after having all that time is not going to change anything. Maybe a couple more will have changed over, but not many. I think most probably won't really care until their TV stops functioning.

  • moo083

    Dabbith: You do realize that the commercials have been on TV for about a year, right? Now I know many are in poverty, but changing to June after having all that time is not going to change anything. Maybe a couple more will have changed over, but not many. I think most probably won't really care until their TV stops functioning.

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