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November 30, 2010
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Today's FCC Action Regarding Broadcast TV Spectrum Reallocation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement today following a 5-0 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, which lays the groundwork for a process that would reallocate some broadcast TV spectrum for use by wireless phone carriers.

Commenting, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said:

"NAB has no quarrel with incentive auctions that are truly voluntary. Going forward, we believe policymakers have an obligation to maintain digital TV services currently provided by broadcasters and to allow free TV viewers to benefit from DTV video innovations.

"NAB will oppose government-mandated signal strength degradations or limitations, and new spectrum taxes that threaten the future of free and local broadcasting."

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