House defeats the Bill to delay DTV Transition

Just days after Neowin reported that the delay of the digital TV transition had passed the Senate; the House has shot down the measure.

House republicans successfully stopped the bill today which will make way for the transition to occur on February 17th. This is seen as a slight blow to the Obama administration who wanted to hold off on the transition until June.

It only makes sense to continue on with the original date. Pushing back the February deadline will only cause confusion for consumers. The biggest argument is that the coupon money has run out and that many may no longer be able to receive over the air TV for free.

It is estimated that as many as 6.5 million people may lose their signals on February 17th. It is quite a small figure compared to the 296.5 million Americans who are ready for the transition.

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