Senator Hutchison Encouraged to See Replacement DTV Converter Box Coupons Available

NTIA Has Eliminated Backlog and is Now Accepting Requests for Replacement Coupons

March 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today said she was encouraged to see that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has eliminated the backlog for digital television converter box coupons.  NTIA also announced that they are accepting applications from consumers whose coupons expired without being redeemed, or were destroyed by natural disasters.

“Allowing consumers to apply for replacement coupons was an important component of the digital transition bill that I worked on with Senator Rockefeller,” said Senator Hutchison.  “For instance, many Texans lost their DTV coupons when they were displaced during Hurricane Ike.  With the coupon backlog eliminated and replacement coupons available, everyone who relies on over-the-air broadcasts now will have the opportunity to properly prepare for the DTV transition.”

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