On Monday, January 26, the US Senate passed a bill to extend the DTV transition deadline from February 17 to June 12. At its passage, the bill moved to the House for a vote. Now, it is unclear from news reports whether or not this proposed extension would affect the February 17 deadline for the restriction of the 700 mHz frequency band for wireless microphones. Indeed, a telephone call to the FCC this morning yielded as much confusion there as here on this topic! Still, it may be a moot question.
Today, January 28th, at 12:53 p.m., the US House of Representatives voted (in Roll no. 41) on the matter of extending the DTV transition deadline until June. The vote required a 2/3 majority, which it FAILED to get. As such, for now, the issue of extending the DTV transition deadline is dead. There is a possibility that the bill will be recalled for vote later, but for now, the clock is still ticking!
(And I still have contacts at the FCC to keep me in the loop, should the bill pass in a recall later! No fear, Readers! AV Dawn will give you the scoop!)