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November 30, 2015
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on WRC-15 Decision on Use of UHF Spectrum for Broadcast TV Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the decision made by delegates at the World Radiocommunication Conference to keep UHF spectrum exclusively allocated to terrestrial TV services for the next decade, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"NAB was pleased by the global unity demonstrated at WRC-15 for the importance of a vibrant system of over-the-air broadcasting. Of the 162 nations attending the conference, more than 140 countries rejected the wireless broadband industry’s anti-broadcasting UHF spectrum grab and recognized that frequency band is harmonized to provide television services on a worldwide scale. This broad consensus should send a strong message that while wireless broadband services are important for those who can afford the fees, that service should not come at the expense of a ubiquitous over-the air TV service that is available to all for free."

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