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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Provides financial assistance to off-set the cost of a certified digital-to-analog converter box.
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.
Aplication and Award Process
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.
The Application can be retrieved from the website at www.DTV2009.gov; 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.
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.
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.
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 www.ntia.doc.gov/dtvcoupon.
Regional or Local 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.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals