Congressional Republicans Oppose DTV Delay
The debate over whether to delay the DTV transition from its Feb. 17 date is beginning to divide along partisan lines. The incoming Obama Administration is proposing the move, but a group of Congressional Republicans Thursday wrote a letter opposing any change in the date.
"No one said this was going to be easy, but we have unquestionably made the right decision to complete the digital television transition on February 17, 2009," the Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), wrote in the letter. "We believe that panicky talk of a delay is breeding stultifying uncertainty, and that an actual delay would be a monumental error in judgment that would damage the program and the public.”
The lawmakers also argued that firefighters, police officers and emergency-response personnel need the spectrum being made available by the switchover, as do wireless broadband providers.