Lawmakers want quick approval for nursing home TV conversion coupons
"Though the National Telecommunications and Information Administration is working on a rule change to include them, every day that passes is a day less that seniors have to prepare for the February 17, 2009, transition to digital," the senators' letter says. Added Sen. Herb Kohl, one of the letter signers: "For some seniors in long-term care facilities, television serves as their only link to the outside world. It is imperative that the NTIA make these government-issued coupons available to seniors no matter where they live."
An estimated 21 million Americans rely on over-the-air broadcasts (non-cable or -satellite TV) and will need a converter box. Forty percent of them are seniors, according to a joint statement issued by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Herb Kohl (D-WI).