As we all know, the current 2-17-09 analog cutoff date doesn't prohibit stations from shutting analog off early. If Congress extends the cutoff date to, say, June, they would not be able to mandate analog to remain on the air (as they haven't up to now) because Wilmington, Hawaii, and many individual stations have already, or plan to prior to 2-17-09, shut off analog. I'd like to see the stations, individually and collectively, tell Congress that:
"You can extend the date for mandatory shutoff, but we're shutting off 2-17-09. We're tired of the cost of dual transmitter maintenance, two electric bills, etc. and we have tower crews scheduled, etc."
I'm sure the WABC's, WLS's, KNBC's, etc. really wouldn't do this, but even threatening early action by a significant number of stations might remind Congress that Iraq, falling home values, the auto industry, etc. are probably areas needing more focus right now rather than procrastinating with the analog cutoff.