• House Committee Seeks Information on Converter Box Supply
  • May 8, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Carly T. Didden; Jennifer A. Cetta
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • Concerned about the upcoming transition to digital television, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) recently requested information from manufacturers and retailers of digital TV converter boxes to determine whether there will be enough supply to meet demand during the transition to digital television.

    The committee leaders sent letters on April 9, 2009, to Alco Electronics, Amazon, Apex Digital, Best Buy, the Consumer Electronics Association, CVS, Digital Stream Technology, Dish Network, General Electric, LG Electronics, Memorex, Philips, RadioShack, Rite Aid, Sears, Sylvania, Target, and Wal-Mart.

    Among the questions the committee chairmen asked include the following.

    • How many coupon-eligible converter boxes (CECBs) does the company have in inventory today?
    • How many CECBs does your company have on order?
    • Has your company placed new orders for CECBs since February 1, 2009?
    • What is the maximum number of CECBs your company intends to make available between April 1st and June 12, 2009?

    Responses are due by April 24th. In addition, Waxman and Boucher are seeking updates to the companies’ responses to the above questions every three weeks.