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March 17, 2020
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NAB Statement on FCC Easing Deadline for TV Stations in Phase 9 of Auction Repack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the FCC easing the deadline for local TV stations in Phase 9 of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction repack because of equipment delays or tower crew unavailability due to COVID-19, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB strongly supports the FCC’s additional flexibility with respect to Phase 9 of the TV repack given the uncertainty over tower equipment delivery delays related to the worldwide coronavirus crisis. In this time of uncertainty, it’s vital that local TV viewers maintain access to credible broadcast news sources. We look forward to a speedy end to the viral pandemic, and a resumption of work by tower crews to successfully complete the repack and ensure access to our tens of millions of viewers.”

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