Senate Confirms Kneuer as NTIA Director


The Senate unanimously confirmed John Kneuer as assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and director of the National Telecommunications Information Administration, the Senate Commerce Committee announced Monday.

Kneuer, who had been serving in an acting role, was confirmed Saturday, the committee said in a prepared statement.

Earlier this year, Congress passed a law mandating the termination of analog broadcasting Feb. 17, 2009. The law included a $1.5 billion program to subsidize digital-to-analog converters for consumers who want to continue to rely on analog TV sets.

The NTIA, under Kneuer, has been charged with developing and running the converter program. The law limits each recipient household to no more than two coupons, which have a cash value of $40 each.

Over the objections of local TV stations, the NTIA tentatively decided to exclude pay TV homes from receiving coupons, but final rules have not been adopted.