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Congress postpones the digital-TV conversion, except...

The House of Representatives, which a couple of  weeks ago refused the Obama administration's request to put off the conversion from analog television to digital, knuckled under on Wednesday and passed a bill that puts off the transition until June 12. Except it may not be that simple. The bill also says stations can go ahead and make the changeover before June 12 if the FCC gives the okay -- and the FCC says it may do that in some markets. In other words, we've gone from a firm, everybody-changes date to a nebulous, confusing mess that's under the supervision of one of the balkiest, slowest-moving bureaucracies in Washington. If this is the way telecommunications policy is going to be made at the Obama White House, it's going to be a long four years.


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