Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kay concerned about DTV transition...

Kay is concerned that extending the digital transition by a few months is going to be a burden for broadcasters (link).

This story is very arcane, but this is one of the only stories out there about Kay right now. Here is the excerpt:
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has "a couple of things" that concern her about the current state of the DTV transition, including that broadcasters weren't compensated for some of their costs in moving the transition date. Hutchison teamed with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) on the bill that moved the analog cut-off hard date from Feb. 17 to June 12. According to Brian Hendricks, legislative counsel to Senator Hutchison, she had hoped that the economic stimulus package that set aside $650 million for the coupon program and DTV education would have included some compensation for broadcasters who had to pay to keep their transmitters running that extra time. " That is a conversation I think we're still hoping to have going forward." That comment drew some applause from the crowd of broadcasters he was addressing at a National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference in Washington.

UPDATED at 10:38 in the morning...
A reader sends along a story about how the Obama administration may have been influenced by lobbyists with regard to the DTV delay (link). Read and judge for yourself. I don't think Kay had anything to do with Obama's decision, but the reader does claim that she voted for the delay.

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