02.20.2009 01:55 PM
DTV Coupons Funds Freed Up
President Barack Obama’s signing of the $787 billion economic stimulus package this week injected $650 million into the DTV coupon fund, allowing the program to move forward.

The funds will help the almost 4 million coupon requests (representing 2.3 million households) that were placed on a waiting list for the coupons after the National Telecommunications and Information Association, the governmental organization tasked with managing the DTV converter box coupon program announced that it had run out of money late last year. According to the NTIA, more than 24.1 million coupons have been redeemed so far from the $1.34 billion fund, which allows for the distribution of up to 33.5 million coupons.

“This additional funding will help keep more Americans connected to free, over-the-air television broadcasts,” said Acting NTIA Administrator Anna Gomez. “We expect to clear out the coupon waiting list expeditiously and get coupons into the hands of the American people. In addition, NTIA is moving swiftly to make the modifications in the TV Converter Box Coupon Program rules and systems to implement the changes authorized in the DTV Delay Act. These changes will ease the financial burden to the viewers of TV stations that are ceasing their analog broadcasting between now and June 12, 2009.”

The NTIA is expected to begin accepting requests for replacement coupons after a rulemaking process is completed. Once that’s done, the association said it will issue, upon request, one replacement coupon for each coupon that expired without being redeemed or was cancelled due to being reported as lost.

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Posted by: Tom Butts
Thu, 02-26-2009 09:29 PM Report Comment
hey fcc about those replacement coupons, and the unwarranted and excessive delay which you allege is caused by the rule making process ... GET OF YOUR COLLECTIVE A$$E$$ by the way, this ain't no charity for the poor, you and the slimy federal politicians stole the analogue bandwidth, and like the criminal fences or receivers you are transferred that valuable public property to your corporate master for about $20 B and countless tens, maybe hundreds of millions of dollars in political bribes, extortion, and kickbacks ... AND to quieten public outrage at this plunder, took about one and a half billion for the converter boxes program to cover your thievery, and tracks then scum that you are, you made out that the converter box coupons program was a beneficient charitable act for the poor, and aged ... when in fact it was a mask for political corruption and thievery by the was verizon and att stole the bandwidth, in a rigged auction... in which only the big players could bid ... the offering was for huge chunks of bandwidth to enure small players were excluded AND the program was designed to exlude as many as possible from using theri coupons, and pressure them into paying for cable or satellite THIEVES, THIEVES, THIEVES !
Posted by: Tom Butts
Sun, 03-15-2009 07:02 PM Report Comment
I couldn't of said it better! AMEN!

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