House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., decided to delay yesterday’s committee vote on a bill to postpone the Feb. 17 date when all TV signals are slated to transition over to all-digital signals.
The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee was slated to discuss moving the DTV date from Feb. 17 to June 12 before Waxman cancelled the meeting.
Waxman, who is chairman of the committee, cited Republican opposition in a Senate version of the proposed DTV delay as the reason for canceling the committee’s vote, according to Reuters.
Some Republicans have argued that moving the transition back to June 12 will create more confusion among consumers who receive their TV signals over-the-air instead of through a cable, telco or satellite video provider.
President Barack Obama advocated delaying the transition earlier this month before taking office, but wireless trade association CTIA said the delay could have a negative impact on the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction, Reuters reported.
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