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March 17, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Response to Chairman Walden's Call For Spectrum Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In remarks today before a Media Institute luncheon, House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden said he intends to hold hearings in April on spectrum issues, which will include a review of 'spectrum hoarding' allegations. The following quote can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith in response to Chairman Walden's speech:

"NAB salutes Chairman Walden for his intention to hold spectrum hearings in April. It is critically important for Congress to exercise appropriate oversight of the FCC, and to investigate claims of spectrum warehousing, the adequacy of the FCC's inventory, and spectrum efficiencies that could be realized through improved performance of television receiving devices. NAB stands ready to work with policymakers to achieve a telecommunications future that includes a vibrant free and local broadcasting business and addresses possible congestion on wireless networks."

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