The Big Switch has hit a Big Snag! The Federal governments plan for all television stations in the country to complete the switch from the analog to digital service has been moved by recent actions of Congress, the President and the FCC.
It has been almost 14 years since the change from Analog to digital was first mandated as part of the Balanced Budget act of 1995. Almost 4 years since February 17th was set as the hard date for the changeover to all digital service.
Television stations, like WLOX are ready, the federal government is not. A federal program to make coupons available ran out of money and is now holding up thousands of coupons for people who live here in South Mississippi and millions of coupons across the country.
The government's answer is to move the deadline 4 months. But unless they fix the coupon program we are just delaying the inevitable.
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