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Why is the switch to digital TV an issue for Congress?

Why are they involved? Why is this an issue for the President? Seriously, aren't there more important things to worry about?

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Jessy0419

Asked by Jessy0419 at 8:06 PM on Feb. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It's an issue for the government because broadcast licenses are issued by the government. Obama really doesn't need to stick his nose in it, but Congress can do what they want to milk more money out of it.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:17 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • The incoming administration is pushing for a delay in part because the Commerce Department has run out of money for the coupons that subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers. People who don't have cable or satellite TV or a new TV with a digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their analog TVs working.

    Obama officials are also concerned that the government is not giving consumers enough help with the TV transition
    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 8:42 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • Yet, this conversion has been told to people for how long, now? The procrastinators should just do without, then and the conversion be made as has been scheduled for a long time. Too much time and energy is being spent on this issue by our government and it needs to be completed so Congress can move on to bigger things.
    TeensMom07

    Answer by TeensMom07 at 8:44 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:03 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • People want the Government to be in charge of everything so they don't have to think. You didn't get the memo I guess.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:17 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • I think it's hilarious. The government says our kids are too fat, they need to get out and exercise, play outside, etc....but they're going to HELP PAY PEOPLE TO WATCH TV. Does anyone else see the irony?
    KnittinChick

    Answer by KnittinChick at 9:37 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • knittin...it's kind of like how I can't bring junk food to my kids school but ALL the fundraisers involve chocolate bars an candy! These people are so backward. I personally don't find TV to be a necessity so I don't think any tax money should have gone out for this program in the first place! But this delay is going to end up costing hte cable and tv companies millions more to make more ads and all the other junk they are going to have to do !

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 10:04 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • cm08

    Answer by cm08 at 10:42 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • "The incoming administration is pushing for a delay in part because the Commerce Department has run out of money for the coupons that subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers. People who don't have cable or satellite TV or a new TV with a digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their analog TVs working.

    Obama officials are also concerned that the government is not giving consumers enough help with the TV transition"
    agree with that.. also include the fact that he wants it pushed back so that the consumers can get the coupons/government discounts on the box because they are a huge portion of his voters.. it's a political move on Obama's part. Otherwise, I doubt he would really care.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:44 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

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