US approves fund increase for digital TV transition

US lawmakers voted to raise a cap on administrative costs for a government coupon program that helps consumers make the transition to digital television broadcasting, an Associated Press report said.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration had sought help from Congress with administrative costs, which were capped by law at €109.7 million (US$160 million), the report said.

Congress approved an additional €13.6 million (US$20 million) as part of an appropriations bill approved Wednesday.

The coupon program provides two €27.2 (US$40) coupons per household to consumers who will need converter boxes when full-power television stations shift to digital-only broadcasting in February.

The agency sought approval for the increase to ensure coupons will continue to be distributed throughout the transition.