Box Coupon Program Rules
NTIA adopted regulations to implement and administer a coupon program for digital-to-analog converter boxes. The Final Rule implements provisions of section 3005 of Public Law 109-171, known as the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005. This action amends 47 C.F.R. Chapter III by adding part 301.
Effective October 20, 2008, NTIA amended the Coupon Program's rules to allow residents of licensed nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, assisted living facilities and households that use a post office box for mail delivery to request coupons from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. See Amended Rule.
On February 11, 2009, President Obama signed into law the DTV Delay Act, which extended the deadline for the coupon application period for the TV Converter Box Program by four months to July 31, 2009. The DTV Delay Act also authorized the NTIA to issue replacement coupons to households whose coupons have otherwise expired unredeemed and allowed NTIA to mail coupons via first-class mail. These changes to the Coupon Program were conditioned upon enactment of new budget authority for the Coupon Program, which was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The amendments to the TV Converter Box Program to implement the DTV Delay Act became effective on March 12, 2009.
Federal Register Notice: Removal of Regulations That Implement and Administer a Coupon Program for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes: NTIA issues this final rule to remove its regulations to implement and administer the Digitalto-Analog Converter Box Program. The final coupons were issued on August 12, 2009, and expired on November 9, 2009. NTIA is removing its regulations because the Coupon Program is closed and the regulations are now obsolete. This rule becomes effective on
November 9, 2010. (51 KB PDF file)
Commerce’s TV Converter Box Coupon Program Now Accepting
Requests to Replace Expired Coupons: NTIA has begun to
accept replacement requests from eligible households whose coupons
expired without being redeemed. Meanwhile, money allocated to the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has allowed
NTIA to clear the digital converter box coupon waiting list.
(Print version PDF
Federal Register Notice:
Amendments to the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program to Implement
the DTV Delay Act (Acrobat 54 Kb)
Federal Register Notice: NTIA has amended the system of records regarding the DTV Converter Box Coupon Program to allow for the collection of additional personally identifiable information, namely the name of nursing home facilities. (Acrobat PDF, 58 Kb)
Register Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Changes
to TV Converter Box Coupon Program Regarding Households:
NTIA proposes certain changes affecting its Digital-To-Analog
Converter Box Coupon Program rules such as waiving the
"eligible household" application requirements for individuals
residing in nursing homes or other senior care facilities.
Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST, no later than
June 9, 2008. (Acrobat PDF 73Kb)
Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program Public
Meeting: NTIA held a public meeting on Monday, March
19, in connection with its Digital-to-Analog Converter
Box Coupon Program described in the Final Rule that
was recently adopted. A webcast archive of the event
is being prepared.
Releases Final Rule on Digital Television Converter
Box Coupon Program: The converter box coupon
program will assist Americans in receiving over-the-air
broadcast television programming when full-power television
stations cease analog broadcasting after February 17,
NTIA to Hold Public Meeting on DTV Coupon Program:
On Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m., NTIA will hold a Public
Meeting in the Commerce Department auditorium to take
questions from the public on the Final Rule.
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