There have been lots of reports in the media about a rush of requests for digital converter box coupons. [note the helpful countdown to digital TV from the government!]
Implied is that this rush of millions of coupon requests shows how the government is out in front of the big [yet, I believe meaningless] deadline to switch to digital TV in February, 2009. At least that's what the NTIA would have you believe.
Hogwash. I'd bet that most of those requests are coming from speculators that will hope to resell the coupons later on EBay. The people who really need them, the 15 million or so households receiving over the air broadcast television only, are way too unplugged to have responded so quickly to the offer.
UPDATE: Yet another reason it's likely the deadline will be pushed back, even if the word does somehow get out to everyone who needs one there won't be enough converters!