Obama Signs DTV Act
President Obama gave final approval Wednesday to the DTV transition delay, signing the DTV Delay Act into law and thus officially moving the analog shutoff date to June 12 from Feb. 17.
"This law, which was crafted in a bipartisan way and passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate, ensures that our citizens will have more time to prepare for the conversion," the president said in a statement that accompanied his signing of the bill. "Millions of Americans, including those in our most vulnerable communities, would have been left in the dark if the conversion had gone on as planned, and this solution is an important step forward as we work to get the nation ready for digital TV."
Obama also vowed to continue working with Congress to ensure a smooth transition. According to media reports, the more than $650 million meant for the converter box program remains a part of the economic stimulus package after the compromise hashed out Wednesday the House and Senate .