WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Broadcasters Television Board of Directors adopted a resolution this morning in support of legislation that would provide stations the ability to educate viewers by broadcasting an informational message in the days following the DTV transition on February 17, 2009.
Such legislation was recently introduced by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). Adopted unanimously by the Television Board, the resolution reads:
By the Television Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters
We support Congressional action including S. 3663 and H.R. 7013 to provide for a voluntary extension of analog broadcasting beyond the date of February 17, 2009, only to provide additional time for consumers to be educated about the DTV Transition and receive emergency information.
This voluntary commitment would apply only to stations where the continuation of the analog signal is technically feasible. The NAB will work closely with the FCC in implementing a reasonable program taking into account local stations' technology and market specifics.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.