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25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
A series of posts describing how this all came about. (Click on picture above)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Washington Post Writes on DTV Transition:
"A Classic Tale of Breakdown"

Today's Post has a front page article on the DTV transition. Here is a memorable quote:
"The coupon program has both sufficient funds and system processing capabilities to achieve this goal, to distribute a total of more than 50 million coupons through March 31, 2009, and to do so without the creation of a large backlog ... Also, NTIA has built flexibility into the program to respond to various or unexpected events." Meredith Atwell Baker, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information (Head of NTIA), November 6, 2008
It describes how a bipartisan team of Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe L. Barton (R-Tex.) began drafting a bill that would have waived the OMB accounting rules that limited the issued coupons to the account appropriated even though 40% were not being used and allowed first-class postage rather than 4 week "junk mail" delivery. However, they gave up due to Bush Administration opposition.

I only hope we learn from this problem and use the next few months more constructively.


Imee said...

well that's comforting to know. i still think the dtv delay is alright, i'm pretty sure 4 more months is already ample time to get prepared for the switch.

kim said...

i think the dtv is bullshit. it is only there to make someone rich or richer.i think that whoevercome up with this stupid idea is a complete dumbass.