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December 12, 2013
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Introduction of Retransmission Consent Bills

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the introduction of retransmission consent bills by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA), the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"Clearly, these two pieces of legislation are utterly inconsistent with each other, and we find it sad that pay TV companies who built their broadband, voice and video businesses on the backs of local TV signals now balk at the notion of paying a fair market rate for the most-watched programming on television. NAB and America's local broadcasters respectfully oppose both of these bills. We will constructively engage with policymakers seeking to improve upon a retransmission consent law that is now working over 99 percent of the time."

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