DTV coupon program to restart

11:40 PM, Mar 4, 2009   |    comments
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Uncle Sam's stalled DTV Converter Box Coupon program is about to restart. The Office of Management and Budget says the National Telecommunications $ Information Administration (NTIA) finally has the financial clout to unclog the suspended program.

Consumers seeking the $40 coupons (vouchers) to be used toward the purchase of Digital-to-Analog Converter boxes were stymied by a lack of sufficient federal funding. The NTIA ran out of money at the end of January.

The Obama Administration added $650 million to the Economic Stimulus Program to help the NTIA fill more than 4 million requests on a waiting list.  It is expected to take 2-3 weeks to clear up the backlog of requests. Each family is allowed to have up to 2 of the $40 coupons.

Over-the-air TV viewers (who use an antenna) with analog TV sets need the converter boxes to be able to continue watching television after the conversion date of June 12, 2009.

For more information about the DTV conversion, click on the "dtv" logo near the top of the website.

By Allen Costantini, KARE 11 News


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