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January 18, 2019
Dennis Wharton
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Reps. Cárdenas and Kinzinger Urge Protections for Incumbents in Expanded Usage of C-band Spectrum

WASHINGTON – Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) yesterday afternoon sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concerns regarding the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking examining expanded operations in the C-band, a swath of spectrum used by content producers every day to deliver news, sports and other popular content for their broadcasts.

The following statement can be attributed to ACA, NAB, NCTA and NPR regarding the letter:

“NAB, NCTA, ACA and NPR thank Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their support in protecting incumbent C-band users from interference, higher prices or service loss as the FCC considers new uses for the spectrum band. Tens of millions of Americans rely on the C-band to receive news, entertainment, weather and sports content every day. It’s critically important for the FCC to ensure that any changes to C-band spectrum usage must preserve interference-free access to this popular radio and TV content.”

About ACA
Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA’s members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business. For more information, visit:

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at

About NCTA
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association represents network innovators and content creators that connect, entertain, inform and inspire consumers every day. NCTA’s members have invested $275 billion in private capital to build the world’s most powerful technology platform, reaching 93 percent of American homes and serving 66 million customers. More than 200 programming networks are creating imaginative, popular and award-winning television content. Our industry supports 2.9 million American jobs and employs at least 300 people in every congressional district.

About NPR
NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans everyday—on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. More information at and following NPR Extra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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