Hotel Residents denied DTV Coupons (ABC 7 Article)

Jason Fritz

Staff member
Hotels and motels are considered to be a business and not a residence by the NTIA (National Telecommunications Information Agency).

According to San Fransisco based ABC Channel 7, 48,000 people live in residential hotels and motels in San Francisco, CA.

Huizhen Li of San Francisco lives in a cramped room at the Florence Hotel.
"I receive benefits income -- about a fixed income of $420 a month," said Li through a translator. "After I pay rent, there isn't very much left for anything else."
She can't afford to buy a digital converter box, and unless Li gets one, she will likely lose her television signal when the switch to digital takes effect on June 12. Yet her request for a government sponsored $40 converter box coupon has been rejected.