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DTV delay gets support from police and fire officials, broadcasters and telecoms

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 04 Feb 2009 1:48 User comments (9)

DTV delay gets support from police and fire officials, broadcasters and telecoms As expected, the US House of Representatives Rules Committee has referred the new version of a bill to delay the US DTV transition to the Energy and Commerce Committee. From there it will go to the full House to be debated and voted on.
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee there are currently more than 2 million households still waiting for DTV vouchers to be mailed. That's because all remaining funding is tied up in vouchers that have already been sent out but not redeemed.

If the new bill is passed it will allow new vouchers to be mailed out using First Class mail instead of the Standard Mail service being used currently. It also includes a provision to replace expired vouchers, something critics of the program have been asking about for months.

What it doesn't provide for is any additional funding to provide more vouchers. So if all the money is spoken for and there are people still not covered it seems likely there would be more funding on the way that they're not talking about now.

There has been intense opposition to the delay by Republicans on the grounds that it's unfair to those who have already bought parts of the analog TV spectrum. Services ranging from public safety (police and fire department) communications to wireless broadband internet were slated to go into operation shortly after the February 17 transition.

But many of the groups who would be affected by the proposed 4 month delay have sent letters to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman in favor of the new June 12 date. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of Broadcasters, plus AT&T and Verizon have all expressed their support.

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9 user comments

14.2.2009 2:18

so where was my voucher for a DVD player when cassettes began to fade? What about my Betamax when the VCR took over? Or I know, how about I get a voucher for a new HDTV?

I am sorry, if a person is so destitute that they not only do not have cable, which many people do not, but also cannot afford to buy a simple converter box, then they can go get a job at McDonald's for one week, and then quit. Plenty of money to buy one.

24.2.2009 2:31

Can you say snowball effect, this thing needs to be done and over with so the government can stop wasting money on it.....

34.2.2009 4:21

I agree with both gallagher and zippy this has gotten waaaaay out of hand. Common sense tells you that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what to do: either buy a convertor box or don't get one it's as simple as that, period. Besides, it wouldn't hurt this country one bit if people got out and exercised more often. Who knows, people might even enjoy it.

44.2.2009 9:02

You guys will love this, our local talk radio (yes there is non syndicated right wing and "moon" talk radio left in America) left leaning hippie talk show host Jeff Styles said and I para quote "Those who's not gotten their DTV converters can't tell the difference in white noise and TV".

God I love the early morning and afternoon shows!
http://www.wgow.com/home.asp

54.2.2009 11:30

It's not about the converter boxes for me. I've had my converter boxes for months. The day this goes live, I'll pretty much have my TV's become useless for any broadcast TV. If you get any "snow" on your TV prepare to have your DTV reception not work at all. 90% of the time all I get are blue screens, digital artifacts, and sound like a horribly scratched CD.

What I used to be able to watch with rabbit ears, I'll have to buy an $80 antenna and pray it makes enough difference to be able to get news and emergency broadcasts.

I really don't want to be forced to buy cable TV by my government just to watch the handful of shows I care about and news.

64.2.2009 11:42

A delay would be absurd. There's simply no viable reason for a delay.

Yet another blow to taxpayers, with absolutely no benefit to them, if passing this garbage extension actually happens.

74.2.2009 11:51

Originally posted by IguanaC64:
It's not about the converter boxes for me. I've had my converter boxes for months. The day this goes live, I'll pretty much have my TV's become useless for any broadcast TV. If you get any "snow" on your TV prepare to have your DTV reception not work at all. 90% of the time all I get are blue screens, digital artifacts, and sound like a horribly scratched CD.

What I used to be able to watch with rabbit ears, I'll have to buy an $80 antenna and pray it makes enough difference to be able to get news and emergency broadcasts.

I really don't want to be forced to buy cable TV by my government just to watch the handful of shows I care about and news.
And without government help they change would have came years ago anyway as networks updated their systems in a slow domino effect.

84.2.2009 12:51

After, spending more time browsing the Internet and watching less TV, I have started to hate watching TV (except the animated shows like Simpsons, King Hill, American Dad, Family Guy, South Park, etc). The reason I hate TV is because I've become aware of all the mixed messages, tricky wording, not enough detailed information, subliminal advertising, etc, which all gets on my nerves.

The only reason to watch TV as a necessity would be to get updates during emergencies, whether, local information....which is basically the news. And even then, they purposely frame a story with a misleading titles to keep people tuned in to watch, and that gets annoying.

So basically, I don't care about the transition, because I wouldn't care either way if I could get a signal or not.

94.2.2009 18:20

slickwill

Not to mention the near complete abandonment of good writing and dialog, look at the 80s and 90s yes TV was a wasteland but it had bastions and oasis.

Now adays things are geared to make you forget, submit and stay tuned a play on the hippie anthem.

We have no real solid dramas/action and if we do there are maybe 2 or 3, mysteries have fallen to the waste side because modern man hates to think so we get reality TV where we are mentality fapping to with those on the screen that are acting like children or whores.

I have always been a fan of animation the last of the 90s killed off any real action/adventure series ports or home made and most animated TV shows are nothing but adverts for the product line or its advertisers.

So when I first got cable/DSL I switched to anime fan subs and never looked back...and tis sad to say this but their market is starting to water down and remake works of fiction to cover a wider, dumber audience even if their DVDs sale for about 90$ for 2 or 3 eps and one classic series on blu ray is about 1300$..... its a good thing I refuse to pay more than a buck a ep..... if I think its worthwhile for limited dim domestic resales...

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