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March 3, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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Statement From NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith in Response to FCC'S Retransmission Consent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

WASHINGTON, D.C. --NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement in response to the FCC's notice of proposed rulemaking on retransmission consent:

"NAB is pleased the FCC correctly concluded that the marketplace is best equipped to negotiate private business contracts, and that it lacks authority to impose the heavy-handed government tools that pay-TV providers desire. We will actively engage in the Commission's new proceeding.

"In more than 99 out of 100 retransmission consent negotiations, agreements are concluded successfully and invisibly. Broadcasters will continue working earnestly to ensure that consumers receive no TV service disruptions, mindful that even the threat of injecting government into a market-based process only incentivizes pay TV providers to game the process."

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