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Digital Transition Set for 2009

2 Feb, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

The House of Representatives Feb. 2 followed the Senate's lead and passed the Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, which sets a hard cutoff date for analog TV transmissions of Feb. 17, 2009.

The bill now awaits signature by President George W. Bush.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which has always advocated a hard deadline, quickly applauded the bill's passage through congress and urged the President to follow through quickly.

“This legislation will provide the much needed certainty top expedite our nation's transition to digital TV in an effective and pro-consumer manner,” said Gary Shapiro CEA president and CEO. “This deadline will provide certainty to manufacturers, retailers, consumers and all others with a stake in the transition.”

Wireless technology developer QualComm Inc. also announced its support for the firm deadline, saying it will accelerate the deployment of new services by clearing more space for wireless content delivery in the 700 MHz spectrum. This will allow offerings like QualComm's MediaFlo USA, a wireless network that delivers live streaming video and audio to mobile devices.

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