House votes down digital TV delay

The deadline for the national switch to digital television remains February 17, after the US House of Representatives voted down...

The deadline for the national switch to digital television remains February 17, after the US House of Representatives voted down a bill on January 28 that would have moved the date to June 12. A coalition of organizations, which contends that about 20 million people are not prepared for the switch, has pushed for a delay.

A postponement, backed by President Barack Obama and passed by the Senate, required two-thirds House support for passage. Democratic House members may try again next week, but with amendments that would require only a simple majority for approval, according to a Reuters report.

Qualcomm is one corporation that could lose tens of millions of dollars if there is a delay, according to a January 27 report in The Wall Street Journal. The company invested hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment and wireless licenses, to be used immediately after the switch.

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