On 7/2 the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) will cease accepting any further applications for reimbursement under its rebate program. As a result, hundreds of rural broadcasters and millions of people in small communities will be affected. Millions of families who rely on local television for news, entertainment, and education are at risk of losing access to free over the air television.
With over $22 million of funds still available in this critical government reimbursement program, there is more than enough money left to provide full access to all Americans.
So the National Translator Association (NTA) is working to extend the program by two years and ensure viewers will not lose access to one of their key means of communication.
Initiated and leveraged through the NTIA division of the Department of Commerce, the Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program reimburses the eligible costs to upgrade analog low power television broadcast stations, Class A television stations, television translator stations, and television booster stations in rural communities to digital transmission.
Through the work and dedication of the NTIA, more than 1,000 eligible broadcasters have been able to secure up to $20,000 of government funding for low power digital broadcast equipment. This has enabled millions to have access to Digital TV. However, with the program coming to an end on 7/2, NTA is asking for support and action to extend access to the grant and ensure equal access to Digital TV for all viewers. This is not about allocating more funds; it is simply about extending the deadline to allow broadcasters to apply for the available funds. For more info, contact NTA or visit their website: www.tvfmtranslators.com
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