DTV Delay Passes Full Senate
The full U.S. Senate gave unanimous approval Monday to a four-month delay of the DTV transition, based on a bipartisan compromise earlier reached by the Senate's Commerce committee.
Under the terms of the deal, the transition will be delayed from Feb. 17 to June 12, although over-the-air broadcast television stations will have the right to switch earlier. In addition, customers with whose converter box coupons have expired will have the right to apply for new ones.
According to the AP, the House's Commerce Chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) plans to bring a version of the Senate compromise for a House vote Tuesday. Should the bill pass President Obama would almost certainly sign it into law.