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March 13, 2013
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on CTIA Filing Regarding Broadcast Auxiliary Service Spectrum

WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to a filing today from CTIA with the FCC regarding broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) spectrum, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"If CTIA's request were not such a serious threat to public safety, it would be amusing. Every day, local TV stations use broadcast auxiliary spectrum (BAS) to provide breaking coverage of devastating storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires. If Superstorm Sandy demonstrated anything, it is that broadcast television serves as a lifeline in times of emergency, where cellphone/wireless architecture has failed.

"Just a few years after broadcasters returned 108 MHz and one-third of our BAS spectrum for wireless purposes -- and just one day after comments were filed on incentive auctions to repurpose more TV airwaves to wireless -- CTIA is demanding even more spectrum from broadcasters. NAB will work with the FCC to identify appropriate spectrum that meets the requirements of the statute without jeopardizing the safety of the American public."

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