Senate Approves Digital TV Delay to June

The U.S. Senate late Monday afternoon approved a bill to delay the looming digital TV transition.

The vote was unanimous and there was no debate.

Democrats have been working to move the transition date from Feb. 17 to June 12 because they fear too few consumers know about the switch from analog to digital signals. There’s also a shortage of government-subsidized coupons to help pay for converter boxes.

“I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition at this time,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees communications policy. “Senate acted responsibly to give the Obama administration time to attempt to bring order to a mismanaged process.”

House representatives next must tackle the bill. They’re expected to vote on and approve it this week.

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