Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Congress Sets February 2009 DTV Deadline

DTV-related provisions were included in Congress' budget reconciliation bill, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 1.

The final bill sets February 17, 2009, as the date certain for completion of the DTV transition; it allocates $990 million of the analog spectrum auction proceeds toward a digital-to-analog converter box program, with a provision that allows for the amount available to increase to $1.5 billion if Congress needs more money to fulfill the program; and the bill allocates $1 billion to be used for a grant program to help public safety agencies obtain and deploy interoperable communications systems.

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