“A federal program that subsidizes the purchase of digital TV converter boxes has a waiting list for 3.2 million coupons worth $40 each, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reported Wednesday.”
“On Monday, the Senate voted unanimously for legislation … to adopt the June 12 date” [rather than the current Feb. 17 deadline].
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had the House vote on a modified version of Rockefeller’s bill under an expedited process that bypassed the House Energy and Commerce Committee … ”
“To pass the bill, Pelosi’s strategy needed two-thirds of those voting. But the bill got only 258 votes — including 236 Democrats and 22 Republicans — about 24 votes shy of two-thirds. Voting against were 155 Republicans and 13 Democrats.”
“A Senate source said the Senate is reviewing under expedited rules the House bill that failed.”
“‘If the Senate will clear it again, the House will have another shot at passing it again on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week,’ the source said.”
For prior reports, see below.
Hardest hit areas continue to be primarily affected by commercial power outages and downed drop wires. We have experienced only isolated service outages in some other systems, while many others in the storm’s path remain at full service. Additional crews are helping in the hardest hit areas.
Suddenlink crews continue to do whatever they can to ensure that our services are available as soon as possible after power is restored. In some cases, Suddenlink is using generators to serve customers.
Meanwhile, Suddenlink crews continue to do whatever they can to ensure that our services are available as soon as possible after power is restored. In some cases, Suddenlink is using generators to serve customers.
Yesterday, House Commerce Chair Henry Waxman postponed voting on the matter:
“Late last week Senate Republicans blocked a bill to delay the transition date,” Waxman said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “I have postponed committee consideration of the DTV markup to give the committee more time to assess the implications of the Senate action.”
And the saga continues.
Future launches will be announced as they are confirmed. Please stay tuned.
In the meantime, Suddenlink continues to prepare for the still-in-effect Feb. 17 deadline, so that our customers can continue to watch TV regardless of the final transition date.