Friday, January 09, 2009

Obama: Not so fast on that digital TV thing

Barack Obama's transition team is urging congress to postpone the date for transition from analog to digital TV broadcasts.
President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels won't be ready.

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"With coupons unavailable, support and education insufficient, and the most vulnerable Americans exposed, I urge you to consider a change to the legislatively mandated analog cutoff date," Podesta wrote to the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate and House Commerce committees.
They're right to request the postponement given that the coupon program ran out of money sooner than expected and there are unknown numbers of Americans who won't be able to get the converters.

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