WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to a letter from NTIA to the FCC in support of an agreement between the Department of Defense and television broadcasters to share spectrum related to emergency newsgathering (ENG), the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
"We're pleased the NTIA supports NAB's and the Society of Broadcast Engineer's agreement with the Department of Defense that will free up even more spectrum for U.S. wireless providers. This arrangement allows the FCC to hold a successful auction while ensuring that local TV stations retain essential emergency news gathering spectrum.
"Time and again, broadcast ENG airwaves have been a lifeline for local communities in crisis situations. We’re thankful the Administration dismissed the idea that this lifesaving spectrum be repurposed to the wireless industry. NAB is grateful to Congressional leadership and the DOD spectrum team for its leadership, and we are committed to bringing to fruition this spectrum-sharing partnership."
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