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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:35 PM
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TV converter box coupons start flowing again (AP)
Posted on Thu Mar 5, 2009 11:32AM EST

NEW YORK - The agency that mails out coupons for digital TV converter boxes expects to eliminate its wait list in two and a half weeks, an official said Thursday.

Helped by $650 million from the economic stimulus package, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration has started to mail out coupons to the 2.3 million households on the wait list, said Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, associate administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications.

The fund that pays for the $40 coupons reached its spending limit in early January. The NTIA was still able to mail out coupons, but only as old ones expired, 90 days after being issued.

The NTIA now expects to change its rules so that people who received coupons before but let them expire can now apply for new ones, McGuire-Rivera said.

Coupons are now being mailed "first class," McGuire-Rivera said. The government had been criticized for mailing the coupons "standard mail," which can take weeks.
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sandyj999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:42 PM
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1. And some will still not be ready. n/t
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tangent90 Donating Member (787 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:47 PM
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2. Yes and about half of the people who want the freebies don't need them anyway.
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sandyj999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:32 PM
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3. Probably looking for resale. n/t
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:38 PM
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4. Does anyone know
Do you also need an outdoor antenna plus this box?
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:58 PM
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5. Depends where you live. n/t
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