February 18, 2009 is the deadline to convert to digital television. What are you talking about, I never asked for digital? Well that is a little complicated for this article; (see www.ntia.doc.gov) however it is either go digital or go dark. And no, you don’t have to buy a new television.
Now if you have cable or satellite you have no problem, your service company will deal with the problem. Even if you have an older television supposedly with digital the clarity is much better.
However if you are like me and still only watch the free stuff 2-13 (well free had a good run) you will have to get a converter box or you will not be able to get a signal.
But why should you have to pay for something you didn’t ask…,(Analog is now reserved for Homeland Security, see article) well you don’t. Since it is the goverment that is doing this they have allotted over 85 million dollars to give every household two $40 vouchers (now when the money runs out your out of luck) so you can pay for the converters.
The converters should cost between $50-70 an should be widely available. I have looked online and only found one store that advertised one and it went for $69.99 before taxes.
Anyway the point being, get your vouchers now (before the money runs out) and worry where to find those yet elusive converters later.
I am not opposed to digital or cable or satellite, it is just that I don’t watch that much television or have the time. And buying a new flat screen is out of the question.
So you can apply on line, call, or print the application and mail. All application have to be submitted by March 31,2009.
However from what I have read, you better do it before the money runs out. Or some wise guys may figure a way to buy them all and begin selling you “Free Vouchers”.
So here is all the information and yes I have already requested my vouchers.
Apply online: www.DTV2009.gov
Apply by phone: 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009)
Fax applications to: 1-877-DTV-4ME2
Mail applications to: P.O Box 2000, Portland, OR 97207
TTY: 1-877-530-2634 (English)
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 31, 2009.
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