DTV Coupons Are Here Again [NYT Gadgetwise Blog]
All is right with the world again. The federal agency responsible for the DTV converter box coupon program has cleared the backlog of millions of households that had requested a coupon after the program ran out of funds in January. The waiting list for DTV coupons was one of the main reasons Congress voted to delay the planned February 17th digital television transition deadline until June 12th. With the passage of the economic stimulus package, Congress and the Obama administration provided an additional $650 million in funding for the coupon program.
Now that the waiting list is cleared, the program is ready to process new coupon requests. There are two changes to the program that are designed to make it more user-friendly for those seeking a coupon. The first change amends the rule that prohibited those holding expired coupons (they have a 90-day expiration period) from requesting replacement coupons. Now, if you've requested a DTV coupon but procrastinated buying your converter box, the government will replace your expired coupon. Second, the coupons will be mailed using first-class postage rather than being sent bulk rate. That means everyone that requests a coupon should receive it within nine days of the request.
Even though some of the red tape is eliminated from the coupon program it's still not the easiest way to prepare for the digital transition. Households with televisions connected to cable are already prepared for the transition, at least on those TV's that are connected. If you need help preparing for the digital transition and want Insight to be your solution, just give us a call.