Senate Committee Reaches Compromise on DTV Delay
A key Senate committee on Friday reached a bipartisan compromise that would delay the DTV transition until June.
According to a statement issued by the Democratic and Republican leadership of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the compromise includes an agreement to delay the transition to June 12, while giving over-the-air broadcast television stations the right to switch over prior to that date. And customers with expired converter box coupons will have the right to apply for new ones.
"These changes will help consumers whose coupons have expired, and allow TV stations that are prepared, and ready, to move forward without the requirement of simulcasting," the committee's ranking Republican member, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) said in the statement.
The House of Representatives, however, has not yet reached a similar agreement. The Obama Administration has said that it supports a delay of the changeover.