Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens is looking to split the planned DTV bill into two separate bills
now. Bill numero uno will focus on a hard transition date for DTV and
any federal budgetary impacts. Bill the second will deal with any
related industry or consumer issues. Is it just me or is he sending an
"us first, consumers second" subliminal message? We still have two
weeks to follow the show "As the DTV Bill Passes" since the legislation
is planned for October 19th. Thank goodness C-SPAN
isn't in HDTV just yet.
As I see the high level ideas here, it looks like the "must-carry" or "multi-cast"
decisions will be in the second bill, as will any government subsidies
to consumers for analog-to-digital converters. Interestingly enough,
Senator Stevens himself says, "Passage of both bills is necessary to
accomplish our goals." Um, so why are we splitting them up again?
Anybody? A little help?