WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to CEA's launch of its "Spectrum Crunch Clock" website, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:
"Instead of engaging in productive dialogue, we've come to expect childish gimmicks and hysteria from our CEA friends. The facts are these: broadcasters gave back 108 MHz of spectrum less than two years ago, some of which has yet to be deployed. NAB has never opposed the notion of broadcasters voluntarily giving back additional spectrum, so long as non-volunteers are held harmless. Finally, we would suggest that CEA ask Alabamans who are crediting local television with saving their lives during tornado coverage last week whether TV spectrum is 'underutilized.'"
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