WASHINGTON (AP) - The Commerce Department says there's a waiting
list for anyone applying for federal coupons to pay for converter
boxes ahead of the transition to digital television broadcasts.
Those on the list may not get their voucher in time for next
The waiting list started forming Sunday after the $1.34 billion
funding limit set by Congress was met. The list already has 103,000
requests for coupons.
The agency will send out coupons to those on the list only as
unredeemed coupons currently in circulation expire. Meanwhile some
lawmakers say more money needs to be freed up to help consumers
make the transition.
Those with cable or satellite TV or anyone who buys a television
set with a digital tuner has nothing to worry about.