H.R. 681 the Digital Television Transition Extension Act of 2009
The House has adopted the DTV Delay Act (S. 352), postponing the digital television transition to June 12, 2009.
The bill would extend the end of the transition to digital-only television broadcasting to June 12, 2009 and extend the life of the digital-to-analog converter box coupon program to July 31, 2009.
The bill extends the life of converter box coupons. Coupons not yet issued and not yet expired will be valid until Sept 15, 2009. The bill would also allow the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to supply replacement coupons for people who let their coupons expire without using them.
The bill directs the NTIA to expedite delivery of coupons by using 1st class mail.
Feb 4, 2009: House Votes to Delay Switch to Digital TV, approving S. 352 DTV Delay Act; Bill is sent to President Obama
Feb 4, 2009: DTV Bill To Be Considered Under Closed Rule
Jan 28: House falls short of 2/3 passage needed for quick adoption of Senate bill.
The House may vote on the Senate version of the bill as early as Jan 27, 2009.
Jan 21, 2009: The markup session on "H.R.__, The Digital Television Transition Extension Act of 2009" has been postponed.
The Transition to Digital Television: Is America Ready? (Congressional Research Service)
Sponsor: Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2]
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1]
Rep Capps, Lois [D-CA-23]
Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11]
Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI]
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-14]
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20]
Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6]
Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8]
Rep Green, Gene [D-TX-29]
Rep Hill, Baron P. [IN-9]
Rep Markey, Edward J. [D-MA-7]
Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2]
Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11]
Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR]
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-15]
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3]
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT)
Urban Progressive Foundation: www.PushDTVDateBack.com