RV, mobile home parks struggle to get converter box coupon

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 11 o'clock--July 19, 2008

Aiken, SC--Geraldine Leaphart enjoys watching TV with her husband but with the problem she's having getting her discount card for a converter box, her TV time with him could be cut short.

"These cards...its seems like its hard for us to get them, " said Geraldine.

A problem that starts with lot numbers versus street addresses. It's now an issue for Geraldine, her neighbors and anyone else who calls a mobile home park their home.

For those living in RV and mobile home parks, its not where they live, its where they're getting their mail that's causing the problem.

The DTV website says everyone applying for the discount must meet the census definition of a household. This means the home has a separate US postal address and since the lot numbers don't make the address separate; it's proving to be a glitch in the system set up to help everyone save on the switch.

"I have my lot number and my neighbor has theirs. Give her her deal and give me mine. That's what I want. Don't treat me like I live in the same house with her."

Geraldine just wants to be treated like everyone else who's making the cheaper switch to digital.

"When you're giving out these cards, consider the fact that because we live in a park..that does not mean you should group us as a park. Group us as individuals.

Individuals wanting the same opportunity to cash in on the deal.

You can check the DTV website for to see if you are eligible for the discount at www.dtv2009.gov.

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