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Two former FCC commissioners—one a Republican, the other a Democrat—are backing Obama’s request to delay the planned Feb 17 DTV transition. An op-ed in Fri’s NY Times by Michael Powell and Bill Kennard said it’s clear that the country’s headed toward a "train wreck" the way things stand. "By delaying the switch to digital by just a few months, and spending more money on the program—which the Obama transition team hinted on Thurs that it might favor—we could provide enough coupons and establish a stronger call center," they wrote. "There would be time for manufacturers to put more converter boxes in the pipeline. And we’d have enough time to work with community groups to provide technical assistance and support to the people who need it." Meanwhile, Rep Ed Markey (D-MA) is circulating a draft bill to free up coupons by waiving the Anti-Deficiency Act. The bill does not address changing the date. It would require that coupons be sent via 1st class mail until Feb 17, the current date of the transition, and beyond if deemed necessary.

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