Tv Converter Box Coupon Program


After February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations will broadcast only in digital. If you use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna with your analog television set, you must take some action to continue receiving television broadcasts. The Federal Government is offering US households up to two $40 coupons to help with the cost of certified TV converter boxes. A converter box is a one-time purchase that will allow your analog TV to work after February 17, 2009. Coupons are free but supply is limited. Coupons will be mailed by the Federal Government. Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2008 until March 31, 2009. Coupons expire after 90 days and cannot be re-issued.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 10/11/2010 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Program Accomplishments
Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C.309(j)(8)(E) as amended, Public Law 109-171 Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Title III - Digital Television Transition and Public Safety, February 8, 2006.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All consumers in the 50 U.S. States and territories are eligible for the first 22.25 million coupons. Only households who rely on over-the-air broadcasts are eligible for the additional 11.25 million coupons.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Program contractor maintains telephone and website 24/7. Telephone operations can accommodate English, Spanish, French, Russian, simple Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
The Application can be retrieved from the website at; or consumers may call (1-888) 388-2009 (24 hour hot-line), TTY - (English) (1-877)530-2634, or TTY (Spanish) (1-866) 495-1161. Applicants may also mail requests to DTV Coupon Program, P.O. Box 9000, Portland, OR 97208-2000; or Fax to (1-877)388-4632. Applicants must request coupon(s) by March 31, 2009.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed for completeness. Coupons are mailed directly to applicant's home.
Consumers must request coupons on or before March 31, 2009.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Coupons are generally mailed within 14 TO 21 days after the application is accepted.
Yes. Appeals can be made through a mail-in process.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Provides financial assistance to off-set the cost of a certified digital-to-analog converter box.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Audits may be conducted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Coupons expire 90 days after they are mailed. Each coupon has an expiration date printed on it.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Anthony Wilhelm, Consumer Education Director, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications/NTIA, Room 4812, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-2048.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $429,424,000; and FY 09 est $471,870,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$40 - $80.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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