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NTIA: Still Citing Both DTV Dates Until Obama Signs Law

2/10/2009 1:08 PM Eastern

A spokesman for the National Telecommunications & Information Administration says that the reason its Web site continues to include information about the move of the digital TV hard date transition to June 12 and the original deadline of Feb. 17 is because President Obama has still not signed the bill shifting the date.
Currently, the section updating the DTV-to-analog coupon box program on NTIA's DTV transition Web site says that Congress has voted to move the date. The section on the DTV transition still talks about all analog shutting off on Feb. 17.
"The deadline is of June 12 is not public law until the president signs the bill," said NTIA spokesman Bart Forbes. "At that point we will update all references to the DTV deadline on the Web site.
While the president at press time had still not signed the bill -- a White House spokesperson had not responded to an inquiry into why that had not occurrred yet -- the FCC is operating as though the date has been moved, requiring TV stations by midnight Monday to tell the FCC whether they were planning to still go Feb. 17, which would constitute the early deadline now.

 

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