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December 1, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Passage of Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act of 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to passage of the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011 by the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement:

"NAB strongly endorses spectrum provisions in the incentive auction bill passed out of the House telecommunications subcommittee today. This bill balances sound spectrum policy with protections against the potential considerable loss of local TV service by millions of Americans.

"We appreciate Chairman Walden's outstanding leadership in shepherding this legislation through the subcommittee. NAB also salutes Reps. Bilbray and Dingell for their amendment -- passed with bipartisan unanimity -- ensuring that U.S. TV stations along the Canadian and Mexican borders aren't repacked out of business.

"NAB's position on TV spectrum auctions remains unchanged: We support them so long as they are truly voluntary, and so long as TV stations that choose to remain in business are held harmless."

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