DTV Delay Almost Official

[qi:032] The House voted today to approve a four-month delay to the transition from analog to digital television signals, making the new June 12 deadline a near certainty. The Senate approved its own version of the bill last week, and since both bills are in accord, the only thing left is to get the presidential signature. Since President Obama asked for this legislation in the first place, it should be a slam dunk.

The next step will be to pass the stimulus bill, which contains funding for a coupon program designed to offset the cost of buying a digital converter box. From there we just need to find the 6.5 million consumers who aren’t ready, present them with the coupon, frog-march them to a store and make them buy the box. Then we can sit back and wait for our LTE and mobile television.¬†Oh and maybe for Qualcomm to protest.

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