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Delaying the DTV transition, take 2

Remember the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again?”  Members of Congress are taking that to heart as they try again to delay the DTV transition.  The bill was pass and now goes on to the House.

“The bill is essentially the same that previously passed the Senate, but with a few minor modifications from the House,” A Retuers article wrote.  “Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, and Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison worked out the compromise bill”

Continuing, “Hutchison said the delay was voluntary and television stations could go ahead if they wished with digital transmission on February 17 as scheduled and drop analog transmission. The measure now goes back to the House.”

If this is the same as the last bill, what makes Congress think this will pass again in the House if this measurement didn’t pass the first time?  If this does pass, many TV stations will go ahead and turn off their analog signals on Feb. 17, meaning if those that are delaying the efforts to go digital until June are going to be SOL.