It has opted to delay the implementation of the DTV transition. The Senate's bill now needs to be reconciled with similar legislation in the House.
The drop-dead date (yeah, right) is now June 12.
Mind you, my reaction is based on the recognition that enough time has been made available to the television community. Yes, there are some economic factors that need to be considered -- the recession, job cuts, credit miseries and other monetary issues are weighing on consumers. But those concerns cannot be used as justification for delaying this important move. As further evidence to support my point, please note that Nielsen ("the ratings people") says it's ready for DTV.