Drew Clark writes: "The nation's transition to digital television broadcasts would end by Feb. 17, 2009, under a pending compromise between House and Senate negotiators on the issue. The nation's broadcasters would have to return analog spectrum to the government by that date. ¶ Negotiators on the plan, which is part of a broader budget package, agreed to spend $1.5 billion to subsidize the set-top boxes that some consumers will need to receive television signals after the analog cutoff. The negotiators also agreed to spend another $1 billion on grants for communications systems used by public-safety officials. ..." Link: National Journal. Temporary link.
But wait; it still might not be settled. Here's an update. --Dennis