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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2009

NAB Statement on FCC's Spectrum Inquiry

WASHINGTON -- NAB issued a statement today responding to a Public Notice issued by the Federal Communications Commission seeking information related to the agency's National Broadband Plan. NAB will file official comments with the FCC prior to the agency's December 21 deadline.

Commenting on the Public Notice, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"Broadband deployment to unserved areas is a worthy goal, and broadcasters believe we can help the FCC accomplish its mission without stifling growth opportunities of free and local TV stations and the millions of viewers that we serve. We would hope policymakers would remember that after spending $15 billion upgrading to the next generation of television, broadcasters just returned to the government more than a quarter of the spectrum used for free and local TV service."

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