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June 10, 2014
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Senate Judiciary Satellite Television Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the introduction of the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB applauds the narrow STELA reauthorization bill introduced today by Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley. This legislation ensures that communities across America will continue to benefit from local broadcast television's indispensable news, entertainment and lifeline programming. Further, this bill enables the satellite industry to serve rural America without undermining consumers' uniquely free over-the-air access to broadcast programming, particularly those viewers who are traditionally underserved by other mediums. NAB thanks Sens. Leahy and Grassley for their serious approach to this reauthorization and producing a bill that can garner the support of all stakeholders. We encourage its swift passage."

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