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Network television companies' reluctance to switch to digital TV has led lawmakers to consider requiring broadcasters to shut off their analog signal and go digital in four years. Congress has been pushing the issue since 1996, in hopes that the new technology would boost the economy. But broadcasters and consumer advocates alike are steadfastly opposed, saying the switch to digital is too costly, and the new equipment might make other expensive consumer gadgets useless. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.