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March 2, 2016
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NAB Statement on FCC Pirate Radio Enforcement Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In regards to an Enforcement Advisory and letter the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) distributed to various organizational bodies regarding unauthorized broadcast operations, or pirate radio operations, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"NAB salutes FCC outreach to public safety, law enforcement, landlord and advertiser groups in the effort to eliminate illegal pirate radio operations. Pirate radio is a blight on the public airwaves, and needs to be eradicated immediately. NAB is pleased that this action signals an increased FCC focus on this important issue, and also looks forward to working with Congress to enhance the tools at the FCC’s disposal to crack down on this illegal activity."

Organizations that received the letter include:

United States Conference of Mayors
National Association of Chiefs of Police
International City/County Management Association
Association of National Advertisers
Advertising Self-Regulatory Council
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
National Association of Residential Property Managers
American Association of Advertising Agencies
National Public Safety Telecommunications Council
National Association of Attorneys General
American Advertising Federation
National Association of Realtors
National Property Management Association
Rental Property Owners Association
The Advertising Club of NY

Click here to access the Enforcement Advisory and letter.

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