Proposed DTV bill dead for this Congress

Rep. Billy Tauzin’s proposal to force television broadcasters to meet a scheduled 2006 deadline for the transition to digital transmission is dead.

The Republican chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will offer an “improved” bill in the next Congress, his office said. Tauzin’s committee chairmanship and broadcast oversight role in the next Congress is dependent on whether the Republican Party retains control of the House of Representatives after the November election.

During a recent congressional hearing on DTV issues, Tauzin’s plan to hold broadcasters to the original 2006 transition deadline met stiff resistance from lawmakers concerned over the political implications of ending analog television service in three years.

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