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February 15, 2011
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NAB Statement Responding to CTIA/CEA White Paper to the FCC on Broadcast Incentive Auctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement in response to the CTIA/CEA white paper sent to the FCC today regarding broadcast incentive auctions.

The following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"It's hard to take seriously an analysis of broadcast spectrum values done by parties with a vested interest in forcing scores of broadcasters out of business. It's noteworthy that CTIA and CEA cavalierly suggest eliminating 'smaller stations in larger markets,' which translates into fewer niche broadcast stations that serve important immigrant communities and religious audiences. NAB does not oppose spectrum auctions that are truly voluntary, and we look forward to an informed dialogue in coming months on the enduring value of free and local television for all Americans."

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