Originally Posted by kenavs
Are you saying it was OK for Provantage to perpetrate a fraud on the taxpayers, because their customers were participants in the fraud?
Obviously not. What I am saying is that there are stipulations in the NTIA program that envisioned allowing redemption of coupons prior to product shipping, provided that, the product would be delivered within 60 days. Acting under their reading of that provision and, presumably, a firm commitment of some number of DTVPals by a given date, Provantage felt they were able to sell these CECB and utilitize these coupons within the accepted provisions of the program.
There is some question as to whether online retailers were entitled to utilize that provision and, not having read the full contract, I am not willing to opine on that.
Regardless, however, this entire discussion would be academic *if Dish had delivered the product at the price and time originally announced.* Moreover, the continuing issue of order cancellations on the eve of shipping have nothing to do with the 60 day provision and everything to do with Dish changing their pricing and distribution strategies at the very, very last minute. Thus, throwing FUD into a situation already complicated by their earlier failures.