After weeks of debate, Congress is giving educators and consumers four more months to prepare for the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting.

The House voted 264-158 on Feb. 4 to postpone the shutdown of analog TV signals to June 12, to address growing concerns that too many Americans won't be ready by the Feb. 17 deadline that Congress set three years ago. The Senate passed the measure unanimously last week, and the bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The change is being mandated because digital signals are more efficient than analog ones. Ending analog broadcasts


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