Sunday, January 25, 2009

THE U.S. SENATE IS ANALOG

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Senate Republicans Sign On to June DTV Delay

An effort to delay the impending switch to digital TV signals got a boost Thursday night after Senate Republicans agreed to a plan that would push the transition to June 12.

GOP members were initially hesitant to support the delay, blocking consideration of the legislation when it was introduced on January 16. After a little negotiation and some amendments to the bill, however, Republicans are now on board.

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Rockefeller stressed that the bill "is not perfect, but it represents a turning point—a start."

"Senator Rockefeller's personal commitment to me to not seek another delay provides needed certainty to bring this transition to a conclusion," Sen. Hutchinson said. "Significant challenges remain, however, and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure a smooth transition."

"Barring unforeseen emergencies, we should not have another delay," Rockefeller said.

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