10.21.2005 08:00 AM
Commerce Committee sets hard date for end of digital transition

The Senate Commerce Committee voted 19-3 to approve a measure that sets April 7, 2009, as the hard date for completion the transition from analog to digital television transmission.

The committee’s reconciliation bill called the Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 also set Jan. 28, 2008, as the start date for auctioning off spectrum recovered from television broadcasters. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the spectrum auction will raise $10 billion.

The bill allocates $3 billion from the auction proceeds to fund a digital-to-analog converter box subsidy program. Ted Stevens (R-AK) who chairs the committee and offered the bill with co-chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI), told participants at the Free Enterprise Fund Symposium in Washington, DC, that the converter box program will provide for a $10 consumer co-pay for device that costs about $50.

The bill also set aside $200 million from the auction proceeds to fund a program to transition Low Power TV stations and TV translators.

DTV multicast must carry was not addressed in the bill; however, the matter may be offered as an amendment on the Senate floor.

Back to the top

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

D. Pagan Communications /   Friday 10:35 AM
Blue Line is Hot on the Trail of DPA Microphones
Clyne Media, Inc /   Thursday 09:51 PM
Focusrite Expands RedNet Range

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology