DTV Education Money Passes Senate Panel

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a provision sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) that funds education efforts surrounding the nation's digital TV transition set for Feb. 17, 2009.

The provision was made part of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill. The measure would enable the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to spend previously allocated funds on DTV education programs that focus on residents of rural and remote areas, the elderly and minority groups.

"This provision will help educate residents of rural and remote areas about the upcoming DTV transition and converter box program," said Stevens. "It is critical that residents of rural areas are educated about preparing for the transition."