Thursday, December 08, 2005

George Will on Analog Welfare

I love Will but rarely does he make me laugh.

In his column on the the "compassionate conservatism" of tax dollars subsidizing TV viewers for the switch to digital, he asks:

"Why is this a crisis? Because, although programming currently is broadcast in both modes, by April 2009 broadcasters must end analog transmissions and the government will have auctioned the analog frequencies for various telecommunications purposes. For the vast majority of Americans, April 2009 will mean ... absolutely nothing. Nationwide, 85 percent of all television households (and 63 percent of households below the poverty line [emph. added]) already have cable or satellite service."

He calls the pending house version of the law (cheap at $990M, ack!) the "No Couch Potato Left Behind Act."

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