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Francis Leikvoll is pictured Thursday with a television converter box at his Lake Lillian home. Leikvoll is one of many Americans who will have to use a converter box to view television after a federally mandated digital transition goes into effect next month. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

Americans scrambling in preparation for U.S. digital TV transition


WILLMAR -- Consumer groups and the president-elect are calling for Congress to take action after a preparation program for the U.S. digital TV transition recently ran out of funding.

Earlier this week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration reported it had a hit the $1.34 billion funding ceiling set by Congress to prepare American consumers for the national transition from analog to digital television broadcast.

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