House Version of Sanders DTV Bill Introduced

Rep Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has introduced a bill that would put another $700 million into the digital television transition over the next two years. The Digital TV Transition Fairness Act is the House version of a bill introduced by Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) last December. The bills would extend the DTV-to-analog converter box program--coupons currently can only be applied for through July 31; fund the purchase or an indoor or outdoor antenna, including the cost of installation; and require multichannel video providers to make a $10 package of basic broadcast service available, with broadcasters waiving retrans fees for that service.


House Version of Sanders DTV Bill Introduced