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August 16, 2011
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on FCC's Refusal to Make Public Its Analysis on Impact of National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the FCC's refusal to make public its analysis of the National Broadband Plan and its impact on free and local television viewers, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement:

"It is deeply disappointing that a member of Congress as distinguished and long-serving as John Dingell would not receive an answer from the FCC to a question so vital to his constituency.

"Every day, free and local television provides news, entertainment and lifeline emergency weather information to tens of millions of Americans. Under NAB's analysis of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, local television's future could be irreparably diminished, and Congressman Dingell's concern clearly arises from the fact that Detroit citizens could lose access to all of their local TV stations because of U.S. treaty obligations with Canada.

"If the FCC has evidence proving that NAB's analysis is incorrect, it should make it available, and quickly.

"Every member of Congress -- but particularly those whose constituents live in states along the Canadian border -- need to understand the negative ramifications of the National Broadband Plan on the future of free and local broadcasting. John Dingell deserves enormous credit for shining a spotlight on this issue."

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