"most of them will now wait until the new June 12 deadline before switching from analog to DTV. It seems that some stations -- smaller, local broadcasters -- will still make the switch by Feb. 17, so many Americans should prepare to have their converter box anyway."
Local is what is in question here since the other channels are on cable and satellite anyways. From what I have seen and heard, all of my local stations are dropping the analog signal coming Feb 17 despite congresses infintie wisdom to delay it. If you don't have a converter box by then, tough luck. You should of done something about it by now. Well, at least, they will be forced to upgrade.