TV Converter Box Coupon Program

After February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations will broadcast only in digital.

If you use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna with your analog television set, you must take some action to continue receiving television broadcasts.

The Federal Government is offering
US households up to two $40 coupons to help with the cost of certified TV converter boxes.

A converter box is a one-time purchase that will allow your analog TV to work after February 17, 2009.

Coupons are free but supply is limited.

Coupons will be mailed by the Federal Government.

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2008 until March 31, 2009.

Coupons expire after 90 days and cannot be re-issued.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides financial assistance to off-set the cost of a certified digital-to-analog converter box.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All consumers in the 50 U.S.

States and territories are eligible for the first 22.25 million coupons.

Only households who rely on over-the-air broadcasts are eligible for the additional 11.25 million coupons.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Program contractor maintains telephone and website 24/7.

Telephone operations can accommodate English, Spanish, French, Russian, simple Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The Application can be retrieved from the website at; or consumers may call (1-888) 388-2009 (24 hour hot-line), TTY - (English) (1-877)530-2634, or TTY (Spanish) (1-866) 495-1161. Applicants may also mail requests to DTV Coupon Program, P.O. Box 9000, Portland, OR 97208-2000; or Fax to (1-877)388-4632. Applicants must request coupon(s) by March 31, 2009.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed for completeness. Coupons are mailed directly to applicant's home.


Consumers must request coupons on or before March 31, 2009.


Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C.309(j)(8)(E) as amended, Public Law 109-171 Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Title III - Digital Television Transition and Public Safety, February 8, 2006.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Coupons are generally mailed within 14 TO 21 days after the application is accepted.


Yes. Appeals can be made through a mail-in process.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Coupons expire 90 days after they are mailed. Each coupon has an expiration date printed on it.

Post Assistance Requirements




Audits may be conducted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions.



Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $429,424,000; and FY 09 est $471,870,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$40 - $80.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Available from

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Anthony Wilhelm, Consumer Education Director, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications/NTIA, Room 4812, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-2048.

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