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March 20, 2007
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on NTIA Public Hearings on the DTV Transition

WASHINGTON, DC –Yesterday, the NTIA held the first of several public hearings seeking input and suggestions on how to manage the digital-to-analog converter box coupon program designed to ensure a successful transition to digital television.

The statement that follows can be attributed to NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr:

"As we move closer to the February 2009 date for turning off analog television, NAB welcomes continued Congressional oversight on an issue of critical importance to millions of Americans. Our overriding goal going forward remains the same: to ensure that all homes and all 73 million television sets that rely on an over-the-air TV signal do not lose access to local broadcast programming. Although NTIA's announcement is a step in the right direction, its proposal does not go far enough to meet this goal. NAB stands ready to work with Congress and NTIA to bring the DTV transition to a successful pro-consumer conclusion."

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