FCC warns against delay in Big Switch

FCC warns against delay in Big Switch
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission is taking issue with a proposal from the incoming Obama administration to delay the switch from analog to digital TV.
FCC chair Kevin Martin says delaying the change-over could confuse consumers. The change is due on February 17th; all full-power TV stations are to cut off their analog signals and start sending programming by way of digital signals.
The government has been providing coupons to subsidize the cost of the converter boxes for those without cable or satellite service. But the money for the coupons has run out.
FCC chief Martin says there are other ways to make sure people who need the boxes get them. One, he says, is for Congress to provide additional funding. The other is to do away with the 90-day expiration deadline on the coupons.