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$1.34 billion “rabbit ears” program

Speaking of ways in which the United States isn’t quite as technologically advanced as we might like to imagine (and as our wealth might suggest), I’m still puzzling over how $1.34 billion dollars could be spent on a program that hands out $40 to people who are still using “rabbit ears” to get television signal, to get everyone ready for the switch to digital broadcasting. Here’s an article on the TV transition. But I haven’t seen an answer to the obvious question: How many people were still using rabbit ears? $1.34 billion would provide a $40 certificate to 10% of all Americans and leave some spare change.

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