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February 14, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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Statement From NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith Responding to Today's White House Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to today's release of the White House budget proposal, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement:

"NAB has no quarrel with incentive auctions that are truly voluntary. We will oppose government-mandated digital TV service degradations that would result in a loss of service for the tens of millions of viewers who watch free and local broadcasting every day. NAB also opposes new spectrum taxes that could imperil promises made to consumers during the DTV transition."

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