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June 13, 2018
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on House Communications & Technology Subcommittee Passage of PIRATE Act

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to today’s passage of the PIRATE Act (H.R. 5709) by the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"NAB strongly supports legislation passed unanimously today in the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology that provides the FCC additional tools to address illegal pirate radio operations.

“Pirate radio not only interferes with signals of legal radio broadcasts. On multiple occasions, the FCC has documented that illegal pirate broadcasts have interfered with communications between airline pilots and air traffic controllers. We salute Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) for their bipartisan sponsorship of this important legislation.”

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