DTV Saga Continues

Ted Hearn has the latest on whether or not the DTV transition will be delayed. Key excerpts from his report:

“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.”