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Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Praises House Passage of Additional DTV Transition Funding for FCC, NTIA
TIA Urges Senate to Also Approve Requests by Agencies to Ensure the Smooth Transition to Digital Television in February Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leader in advocacy, standards development, business development and intelligence for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, today hailed the passage of the “Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives for its inclusion of critically necessary funding to prepare for the Digital Television (DTV) Transition scheduled for February 17, 2009. Congress enacted legislation in 2006 that established a national statutory deadline for the transition from analog to digital television. “This long overdue transition, when complete, will ultimately bring broad benefits to all Americans,” said Grant Seiffert, TIA’s President. According to statements by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the FCC requires an additional $20 million and NTIA requires an increase on the statutory cap on administrative costs to effectively run the coupon program for digital set-top boxes. In a letter earlier this week, Seiffert urged the bicameral bipartisan leadership to include the requested additional funding through the Continuing Resolution that will fund the government following the conclusion of the 2008 federal fiscal year. “This swift action is necessary to ensure that the DTV transition moves smoothly. It is essential that the two lead agencies receive these additional funds,” said Seiffert. The Senate is considering the additional funding request.