Originally Posted by walford
It is a matter of semantics IMHO tax payers/Congress have control over all monies spent by the federal government. Where these general funds come from is a different subject.
The term you used "taxpayer subsidized" is going to be read by most(see post immediately proceeding this one for instance) IMO that funding from taxpayers is involved. That is incorrect. It's not semantics.
Taxpayers aren't funding the CECB coupon program, therefore in that context they aren't "subsidizing" them. The funding involved is very specific, it's from the proceeds of spectrum auctions.
If you would have said "government subsidized" CECB's, while I would have been comfortable with that, it still doesn't tell the real story.
Update: Now, if manufactuers had voluntarily(yeah, right), or had been required to, put the ATSC tuners in all new sets/VCR's/etc, at the time the legislation for DTV transistion+analog shut off were first enacted in 1996 (or even when 1st DTV stations started hitting the airwaves in 1998), then I suspect it's very possible we probably wouldn't even need the CECB program, and we also probably could have had analog shut off at end of 2006, when they "originally" thought it would happen, in which case the portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions of ch 52~69 being used for CECB program could have been used for other things ....