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March 28, 2014
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NAB Statement on Channel Sharing Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to a report released today regarding a pilot project examining channel sharing by two broadcast television stations in the same market as part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"NAB is very appreciative of the effort on the part of APTS, CTIA and the stations KLCS and KJLA for their report on the channel sharing pilot. Many of the technical issues identified are very familiar to broadcasters as part of the industry's extensive experience with multicasting. NAB agrees with the report's observation that every individual broadcaster will need to determine for itself whether channel sharing is a worthwhile pursuit. As it notes, the report does not examine the business, legal and practical implications of sharing, which are novel and require careful consideration. NAB will continue to work closely with broadcasters to think through how best to address those complex issues."

NAB also published this blog post by NAB Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning Rick Kaplan regarding the channel sharing report.

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