For now, the switch to digital TV is still scheduled to happen next month. On Wednesday, House Republicans defeated a bill to postpone by four months, the transition from analog to digital broadcasting. Meanwhile, supporters of the delay could schedule another vote in the House. The bill that would have delayed the historical conversion to digital TV failed to get the votes needed to pass. The government has warned that millions of TVs that use an antenna to receive over the air signals will go black unless they have a digital converter box. On February 17th all full power television stations are scheduled to shut off traditional analog broadcasts and transmit only digital signals. Despite pleas that the public isnt ready, GOP leaders argued that more time will not help. Repubilcan Congressman Joe Barton of Texas said "I guarantee you no matter when you set the date. February 17, June 12, July 4, Valentines Day, there are going to be some people that arent ready." Other issues to consider: that a delay could cause problems for wireless companies and public safety agencies waiting to use the airwaves thatll be freed by the switchover and that it would be costly for television stations to continue broadcasting both analog and digital signals. Democratic Conressman Rick Boucher of Virginia said "as far greater public service concern is allowing this transition to go forward at a time when six million households will be completely unprepared for it.". The Obama Administration wants the date postponed after the government coupon program aimed at offsetting the cost of converter boxes for consumers ran out of money. Close to three million customers are now on a waiting list for coupons. A reminder, satelite and cable TV users wont need to do anything to be ready for the conversion, only those who use an antenna have to worry about it.
Brown County Water District to Begin Rehab of Water Treatment Plant
The Brown County Water Improvement District #1 will soon begin rehabilitation of the district's water treatment plant after accepting a bid for the project at...
Reminder: Abilene Celebrates National Bike to School / Work Day Friday
National Bike to School / Work Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 17. This special day highlights bicycle safety as well as promotes public...
KRBC AM Forecast: Thursday, May 16th
Mid 90's today with plenty of sunshine. A comfortable calm and clear evening making it down to near the 70 degree mark tonight. Cracking the...
Webcast: Six Confirmed Dead in Northern Texas Tornado
Devastating tornadoes ripped across northern Texas overnight, killing at least six and injured over 100.
KTAB AM Forecast: Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Heat Wave Begins Today, Near Record Breaking Tomorrow
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