The House of Representatives approved the Senate's changes to The Budget Reduction Act (S. 1932) by a vote of 216-214.
Title III, Section 3002 of "The Budget Reduction Act" establishes February 17, 2009 as the hard date and establishes a $1 billion "Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program."
"APCO International is pleased by Congress' action to establish a hard date for the DTV transition and to fund critical public safety programs. This will allow state and local public safety agencies to move forward towards planning, funding, and deployment of new state of the art, interoperable communications systems," APCO International President Wanda McCarley said. "Although we still wish the clearing of the spectrum could occur as close to 2006 as possible, our main goal was the establishment of a hard date."