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House Approves LPTV Funds

The House this week approved a bill to make $65 million available to low power TV stations to switch to digital.

The funds will be available Feb. 17, 2009, the date full power analog broadcasts are scheduled to end. Earlier legislation would have made the money available in October 2010.

Congress had funded $10 million to in a low power grant program to convert translator stations to digital but the bill stipulates that if there is money left over from the program, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which manages the DTV converter coupon program, may use it for DTV consumer education.

The bill has already been passed by the Senate.