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March 4, 2008
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NAB Files Opposition to ACA's Request for Blanket Waiver from Viewability Rules

WASHINGTON, DC – NAB and the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) filed joined comments with the Federal Communications Commission late yesterday regarding the Commission's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the viewability and material degradation proceeding.

Notably, NAB and MSTV voiced opposition to the American Cable Association's request for a blanket waiver allowing some cable operators to degrade the picture quality of broadcast programming.

Commenting on yesterday's filing, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said, "Cable operators can't have it both ways. They cannot make grandiose claims of spending billions on digital upgrades, while asserting that they still lack sufficient channel capacity to carry local broadcast channels. The FCC should reject ACA's tired capacity arguments and allow small market cable customers to have access to local broadcast channels' digital offerings."

To read the 11-page filing in PDF format, click here.

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