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February 3, 2012

NAB Statement on Voluntary Inclusion of FM Chips in Cellphones

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to a letter from CEA, CTIA and musicFirst to members of the Congressional Black Caucus claiming that NAB is seeking a "mandate" of FM chips in cellphones, the following statement may be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"It is disappointing that CEA, CTIA and musicFirst are falsely claiming that NAB is seeking a mandated radio chip in cellphones. We have said repeatedly to these organizations that NAB supports a market solution to this issue, and even CTIA admits as much in the attached fact sheet.

"By distorting our position, CEA, CTIA and musicFirst are doing a disservice to policymakers who deserve open and honest information.

"From a public safety perspective alone, voluntary introduction of radio chips in cellphones makes perfect sense. It would be our hope that when it comes to saving lives in times of emergency, our friends at CEA, CTIA and musicFirst would move beyond intimidation tactics and special interest politics and encourage a substantive debate on the merits of this issue."

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