Obama Calls For DTV Transition Delay
In a major development just six weeks prior to the scheduled analog signal shutoff, President-Elect Barack Obama has come out in favor of a delay in the transition.
John Podesta, the co-chairman of Obama's transition team, wrote a letter Thursday urging lawmakers to push back the Feb. 17 shutoff date. Podesta, in the letter written to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House commerce committees, did not state an alternative date for a new shutoff.
"With coupons unavailable, support and education insufficient, and the most vulnerable Americans exposed, I urge you to consider a change to the legislatively mandated analog cutoff date," Podesta wrote in the letter. He added that the new administration, during the presidential transition period, has "discovered major difficulties" in the preparation for the transition.