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July 26, 2017
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Senate Introduction of Viewer and Listener Protection Act

WASHINGTON – In response to today's introduction of the Viewer and Listener Protection Act in the Senate by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and four cosponsors, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB thanks Sens. Moran and Schatz and their colleagues for a pro-consumer, bipartisan bill that will protect tens of millions of TV viewers and radio listeners from losing local broadcasting as a result of the spectrum auction ‘repack’. This bill addresses the nearly $400 million shortfall in the $1.75 billion repack fund. It also makes clear that no broadcaster will be forced off the air if it makes a good faith effort to meet FCC deadlines.

"Broadcasters supported the voluntary spectrum auction with an understanding that local stations not participating would not be punished. The Moran/Schatz bill -- supported by Sens. Blumenthal, Inhofe, Udall and Young -- recognizes our pledge while acknowledging the indispensable role played by local broadcasting in the fabric of American life."

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