Bucking the Obama administration, House Republicans on Jan. 28 defeated a bill to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting until June 12, reports the Associated Press–leaving an estimated 6.5 million U.S. households unprepared for the currently scheduled Feb. 17 switchover. But the battle over a delay might not be over, with some predicting the House will take up the measure again next week. The 258-168 House vote failed to clear the two-thirds threshold needed for passage in a victory for GOP members, who warn that postponing the transition by four months would confuse consumers and create added costs for television stations that would have to continue broadcasting both analog and digital signals for four more months. Despite the setback, House Democrats are not out of options. Gene Kimmelman, vice president for federal policy at the Consumers Union, which has been lobbying for a delay, said he hopes the House will bring the bill up again for a regular floor vote, which would only require majority support to pass. The Jan. 28 vote took place under a special procedure that required two-thirds support for passage…

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