House approves new digital-TV deadline

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:05 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved legislation to complete the country’s transition to new, higher-quality digital television by Feb. 17, 2009.

Under a deal negotiated by Republicans in the Senate and House, a $1.5 billion fund would be created to help some consumers buy converter boxes so existing analog television signals do not go dark when the transition is finished.

Congress is eager for broadcasters to give up the analog airwaves, some of which will be auctioned for commercial wireless service, a sale that could bring in billions of dollars, potentially plugging the government budget deficit.

Source: News.com


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