[mythtv-users] US Gov gives $80 credit towards purchase of HD equipment??

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 13:50:53 UTC 2007


On 3/16/07, Blammo <blammo.doh at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/press/2007/DTVfinalrule_031207.htm
>
> According to the National Telecommunications and Information
> Administration (NTIA) plan introduced this week, all U.S. consumers
> will be eligible for up to an $80 subsidy to pay for analog-to-digital
> TV converters. Delivered in the form of coupons redeemable at
> electronics stores, the subsidy is designed to help consumers cope
> with the change and prevent their old analog TVs from "going dark."
>
> The switchover will primarily affect the minority of U.S. TV viewers
> that rely on TV antennas and over-the-air (OTA) signals for their
> broadcast programming. According to the Federal Communications
> Commission, up to 90 percent of U.S. households currently get their TV
> signal via a satellite or cable provider. People who receive
> programming in this way are not likely to notice when broadcasters
> power down their analog transmitters for good in 2009.
>
> Starting Jan. 1, 2008, all U.S. households will be eligible to request
> up to two $40 coupons, to be used toward the purchase of up to two
> digital-to-analog converter boxes. The coupons will be issued until
> the $990 million initial allocation for the program is exhausted. Once
> those funds are gone, the Digital Television Transition and Public
> Safety Act of 2005 then authorizes Congress to increase funding by
> another $510 million. The second allocation will be available to
> OTA-only households, however. In other words, consumers will have to
> certify that they do not subscribe to cable, satellite or other pay
> television services in order to qualify for the second round of
> coupons.
>
> The coupons themselves will resemble retail "gift cards," and will
> expire three months after they arrive by U.S. mail. They cannot
> legally be used to purchase anything except a digital-to-analog
> converter.
>
> One of the government's major goals in establishing the DTV transition
> plan is to clear the way for opening up vast amounts of broadcast
> spectrum for advanced wireless communications, including use by
> military public safety agencies.

$80... what a waste of taxpayer money...

-- 
Steve
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