Please release me!


That’s what you might be thinking if you are an anthropomorphic converter box coupon stuck in on bureaucratic fly paper in Washington DC. Word is out that the NTIA has received the funding approved by Congress – some $650M – that will enable it to start whittling down the coupon waiting list, which had topped the 4M mark at last check. Coupons are expected to be back in the mail as early as next week, and the NAB just noted that the entire backlog should be swept clear in a matter of weeks, well ahead of the new 6/12/09 hard date for analog turn-off.