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February 10, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Response to White House Wireless Access Expansion Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement today in response to President Barack Obama's speech detailing the plan to expand wireless broadband access, which would be funded in part through incentive auctions of spectrum volunatarily returned by local television broadcasters.

Commenting, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said:

"Let's not forget that broadcasters returned more than a quarter of TV station spectrum to the government less than two years ago, and that much of that spectrum has not yet been deployed. NAB is not against the President's plan. We will work to ensure that incentive auctions remain truly voluntary, and that broadcasters who don't volunteer to return spectrum -- and the millions of viewers that we serve -- are held harmless."

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