WASHINGTON, DC -- Press reports indicate that Microsoft and other high-tech companies plan to file a report today with the FCC disputing the Commission's earlier finding that portable unlicensed devices proposed by the high-tech firms will result in interference to digital television reception.
In response, NAB issued the following statement that can be attributed to Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of media relations:
"The FCC performed rigorous tests on the Microsoft devices, and we are confident that its finding that these devices cause interference to television reception is accurate.
"Nearly a decade ago, broadcasters and government launched the historic public-private partnership that is bringing the next generation of television to American consumers. Now that the DTV transition is near completion, up steps Microsoft and its allies to jeopardize all that has been accomplished. By continuing to press its self-serving agenda, Microsoft is playing Russian Roulette with America's access to interference free TV reception."
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.