Infrastructure // PC & Servers
06:13 PM

Congress Renewing Efforts To Delay DTV Switch Till June

More than 3 million Americans are still awaiting $40 coupons for boxes that will convert the new digital broadcasts to analog.

After turning down the postponement of the transition of analog to digital TV broadcasting earlier this week, the U.S. Congress is gearing up for another vote on the issue in early February.

President Obama has indicated he'll sign the legislation.

The effort is something of a technicality because the House already approved the legislation by a 258-to-168 vote, and the vote expected to take place next week will only require a simple majority to pass. The U.S. Senate has already approved the issue twice -- each time by a unanimous vote.

The legislation calls for the switch to be delayed from Feb. 17 until June 12. Millions of Americans could be impacted by the switch of over-the-air broadcasts from analog to digital. Consumers who get their TV reception from cable, satellite, or sets outfitted with digital receivers likely won't be impacted, but millions with older TV sets will cease getting reception when the switch takes place.

More than 3 million Americans are still awaiting $40 coupons for boxes that will convert the new digital broadcasts to analog. The program is being run by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, but the NTIA's work has been hampered in recent weeks because the program has spent the $1.34 billion that was allocated for the switch. Proposed legislation calls for another $650 million to be set aside to carry the switch to completion.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday that Obama will sign the legislation if and when it passes.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Server Market Splitsville
Server Market Splitsville
Just because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of September 25, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.