Wait! House Holds to Digital TV Deadline

It may be politics, or common sense suggests that a delay only sows more confusion

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Those wacky House Republicans bucked the steamroller and voted to keep next month's deadline for switching to digital TV. The U.S. House refused to back a Senate-passed bill that would have extended the deadline until June.

Don't expect much moaning from industry groups, including broadcasters and wireless companies that had backed the bill. They did so despite having much to lose with a delay, and probably only under duress.

There doesn't seem to be much room for compromise here. Either the deadline sticks or it doesn't. More important, there isn't much time to cobble one together. The switch is less than three weeks away.

It may be politics at play, as the House vote today is a setback for President Obama. But just maybe common sense is winning out.