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Breaking News: House passes the DTV Delay Act. Waiting for President Signature

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by Tom Robertson, Feb 4, 2009.

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  1. Feb 4, 2009 #1 of 153
    Tom Robertson

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    The House of Representatives has passes Senate Bill S. 352, the DTV Delay Act. The Bill now goes to President Obama for signature or veto. (It is expected he will sign given his signals.)

    This bill will allow stations to delay their transition to digital-only until June 12, though does not require a delay until that time.

    FCC discussions indicate 143 stations have already transitioned, and approximately 60% plan to switch on February 17 if permitted.

    Thank you all for keeping these discussions limited to the actions of government without political commentary. While discussions of this nature are difficult to separate from "politics" you've done a great job this last couple days. Thanks!

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    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  2. Feb 4, 2009 #2 of 153
    SParker

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    BARF! :down:
     
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    braven

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    Oh brother. Rediculous.
     
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    Stuart Sweet

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    I think we're all disappointed on some level.
     
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    DC_SnDvl

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    loosers (both red and blue)
     
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    mhayes70

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    Yeah, I don't like the delay either. But, oh well there is nothing we can do. :whatdidid

    Thanks for the update Tom.
     
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    MattDing

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    Good. Now the transition will go off without any problems whatsoever.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    SParker

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    Hopefully both sides are FIRM on the new date and don't try to change it again in late May...
     
  9. Feb 4, 2009 #9 of 153
    Tom Robertson

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    My frustrations are on several levels.

    1) Too bad the NTIA and Commerce dept. didn't forecast better about coupon shortage.
    2) Too bad coupons were not validated as to need in some fashion. (Though this might have been more costly than just giving them away as they did.)
    3) Too bad there wasn't some means to allow free discussion as to alternatives to a 4 month delay, though I do understand the top of this year in particular has been very busy.
    4) Too bad, sloppy numbers are the best available at this time.

    All that said, it is what it is. We'll see what happens in two weeks and then in the next 3 and a half months.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    naijai

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    They might have approved the delay but i know at least one station here that say's they will be keeping to the original date and switching over we shall see :nono2:
     
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    CBS affiliate in Chicagoland is now stuck on Low Band VHF hell for another 4 months. Excellent!
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    The FCC estimates that 60% will switch on or before February 17. And 90% before June 12.
    Possibly. If the stations they are waiting for switch soon, they can switch as well.
     
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    d max82

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    I see that those with expired coupons may request replacements, but nothing about additional money for the program.

    I guess those that request replacement coupons goto the back of the line, waiting for someone elses coupon to expire?
     
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    robmadden1

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    The stations in Dayton, Ohio are likely to transition on the original date.
     
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    RVD26

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    Doesn't effect me or my family either way....oh well.
    I'm not gonna go bonkers b/c they decide to delay the transition.
     
  16. Feb 4, 2009 #16 of 153
    Tom Robertson

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    This bill could not include funding that would violate the "Pay as You Go" rules. So the funding will have to come from another spending authorization.
     
  17. Feb 4, 2009 #17 of 153
    Doug Brott

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    if 61% really do change on the 17th, there would only be 39% that could be delayed at that point .. seems even more silly than doing what was done today.
     
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    robmadden1

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    I wonder if many of the stations will wait to figure out thier plans on the trasition untill they see what the fcc rules are?
     
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    fluffybear

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    !@#$#!@
     
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    tunce

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    It's a pure shame to get more legs to the stimulus package [mod redaction].

    (hope this is ok to say)
     
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