Omaha Public Radio News
12:30 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Nebraska Congressman questions whether DTV delay necessary

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry questions whether Congress needed to delay the transition to digital television until June 12.

The U.S. House voted Wednesday to delay the DTV transition four months. That means consumers have more time to prepare for the transition.

Congressman Terry says he doesn't think the delay was necessary. He says Congress could have changed the expiration dates on the DTV converter box coupons and prevented the delay. He also questions whether the converter box coupon fund really has a shortage of money.

Terrry says the Obama administration's request to delay the transition was "out of the blue." The bill is awaiting the President's signature.