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September 12, 2011
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NAB Statement Regarding CTIA Blog Post on Radio-Enabled Mobile Devices

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to a CTIA blog post regarding equipping mobile devices with FM receivers, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"Broadcasters welcome a debate on whether broadcasting is more reliable in times of crisis than cellphone networks, which is why NAB supports VOLUNTARY activation of radio chips in cellphones. Surely, cellphone companies are not blind to the fact that tens of thousands of Americans were unable to connect with loved ones after the recent East Coast earthquake because of an overload in the 'one-to-one' cellphone network.

"Broadcasters take seriously our role as first informer in times of crisis, and our 'one-to-everyone' transmission system makes local radio and TV stations the gold standard in delivering a reliable signal in lifeline situations. We understand the need for CTIA to defend its members, but in an era when public safety is paramount, we're hopeful that cellphone makers do the right thing and activate radio chips in cellphones."

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