Due to concerns over large portions of the U.S. still relying on analog broadcasts and not being prepared for a switch, the government has decided to implement a 4-month delay. Even though many public announcements in numerous fashions have been released, there is a concern that many people are unaware the switch will happen. There are even more concerns about people being able to afford converter boxes to receive digital transmissions, despite government-funded vouchers being available. Or in fact that those who have been trying to get a converter box have been unable, due to a waiting list on the vouchers.
All those issues and more resulted in the proposed delay being approved. What serves as a benefit to people who still rely on analog broadcasts may be seen as a detriment to those companies manufacturing devices using the 700MHz band – they are no doubt eager to begin getting their devices tested, approved and sold.