Alaska tiff clouds digital switch

Boliek, Brooks
December 2005
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;12/20/2005, Vol. 392 Issue 18, p6
The article reports on oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The drilling is threatening a year-end Senate meltdown that could stall legislation containing requirements that broadcasters end their analog television transmissions. The U.S. House added a provision to permit drilling in the ecologically sensitive area 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, including it in a must-pass defense-funding bill. The budget legislation also includes a $1.5 billion subsidy for digital set-top boxes so poor people who do not subscribe to cable or satellite will not be without television when the analog switch occurs.


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