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House Passes Digital TV Delay

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Mitchell Szczepanczyk thinks the nation got a reprieve Wednesday when the U. S. House of Representatives passed a delay in the conversion to digital television. Szczepanczyk, an organizer with Chicago Media Action, has been advocating for a delay for years, warning that tens of millions of Americans are unprepared for the conversion and are at risk for seeing their TV screens go dark.

“The delay gets more time and hopefully more money for those who need help,” Szczepanczyk said.
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Congress Still Trying for DTV Transition Delay

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Democrats in the US Congress are still trying to delay the transition to digital television, according to the chairman of a powerful committee in the US House of Representatives.

US Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, stated Thursday that Democrats in the Congress may try to pass legislation delaying the digital television transition until June 12. Currently, all television broadcasters in the US are scheduled to switch to digital-only Feb. 17. But Waxman and other legislators are concerned that too many Americans are not prepared for the transition.
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Update: U. S. Senate Advances Digital TV Delay

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The U. S. Senate voted Monday to delay the transition to digital television to prevent up to 21 million households around the country from losing their television signals.

U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
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The Senate voted to delay the DTV transition until June 12. Many African American, low-income and rural families as well as senior citizens are at risk of being cut off from using their televisions.
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Obama Urges Delay in Digital TV Shift

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The co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team urged the US Congress to delay the conversion from analog television to digital broadcasting because of “major difficulties” they discovered in the preparation for the transition.

John Podesta wrote a letter addressed to the chairmen of the committees at the US House of Representatives and the US Senate on January 8 asking for a delay in the so-called DTV transition, scheduled right now for February 17, 2009.
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