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January 25, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Spectrum Bill Introduced By Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement in response to a bill introduced today by Senator Jay Rockefeller that would authorize an incentive auction to reimburse broadcasters for spectrum voluntarily given back to the government.

Commenting on the proposed bill, Gordon Smith issued the following statement:

"NAB is grateful for the wise leadership of Senator Rockefeller on an issue of critical importance to the millions of viewers who rely on free and local television. Broadcasters have no quarrel with incentive auctions that are truly voluntary, and the new legislation provides sound direction for that approach. We will work closely with Congress as it crafts spectrum legislation that preserves the ability of local TV stations to serve our viewers."

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