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June 12, 2006
Dennis Wharton
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FCC's Multicasting Efforts 'Consistent with Intent of Congress'

WASHINGTON, DC - NAB President and CEO David Rehr has sent this letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tex.). Citing "frequently-repeated misinformation" supplied by the cable industry, Rehr corrected the record on a number of issues surrounding multicast must carry.

"In the digital world, cable systems can easily carry additional local programming from broadcasters without impinging on non-broadcast programming. This would be consistent with the intent of Congress for more localism and greater diversity in programming," said Rehr in the letter.

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