IBM Gets Converter Box Services Contract
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Wednesday awarded the government contract for the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program to IBM, for just over $100 million, CNN’s Marketwire reported.
The contract, for a total of $119,968,468 over 25 months, will give IBM the right to provide services for the analog-to-digital transition scheduled for February of 2009. IBM has not been given the contract to distribute the boxes themselves, but rather consumer education, distribution of coupons, and financial processing services.
The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement Wednesday calling the NTIA’s announcement “an important step in a process that will bring digital television (DTV) to all Americans.”