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Congress and Digital TV

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Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
3:18 pm

“Three years and counting … your TV’s won’t work unless you upgrade to digital … but we’ll help you in the transition”. That’s the message Congress decided for us last year. Why do I get nervous when the federal government says “I’m here to help?”

CNNMoney.com carried an interesting article about this proposed transition today.

Here’s how the government will help: “Congress has set aside about $1.5 billion to smooth the transition. Owners of outmoded TV sets will be eligible for two vouchers, worth $40 each, to help buy converter boxes that will enable today’s analog TV sets to receive digital signals.”

My guess is that I’ll be able to upgrade myself to digital when I figure out what needs to be done. However, I’ll bet there will be a lot of people lost in this new chapter of the digital divide.

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