The mandatory digital TV switch has been delayed as a Senate bill is passed early this week.
Wired PR News.com – A bill passed Monday by the Senate will delay the mandatory digital television switch that was originally supposed to occur in February. As reported by Reuters, the new transition date will be June 12, extending time for many who worried that viewers would still be unprepared for the change by February 17.
As noted by the AP, the extension will also allow consumers more time to request government provided coupons for converter boxes if necessary. Many in Congress have expressed fears that approximately 20 million households are unprepared for a mandatory digital television signal switch. John Rockefeller, Senate Commerce Chairman, is quoted as stating, “The Senate acted responsibly to give the Obama administration time to attempt to bring order to a mismanaged process.”
The switch is said to be beneficial for providing a wider spectrum for public safety officials as well as better viewing quality for viewers.