The Senate voted unanimously to postpone the transition from analog to digital television broadcasting after concerns that the country wasn't ready for the change, according to the Associated Press.
"Delaying the upcoming DTV switch is the right thing to do," said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., author of the bill to push back the deadline. "I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition at this time."
President Barack Obama earlier this month called for the transition date to be postponed after the Commerce Department hit a $1.34 billion funding limit for government coupons that consumers may use to help pay for digital TV converter boxes.
The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on analog television sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals could see their TV sets go dark next month if the transition is not postponed.The boxes cost between $40 and $80 and can be purchased without a coupon. As of last Wednesday, there 2.6 million requests on the coupon waiting list.