|For Immediate Release
July 29, 2011
Manassas, VA – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the nation’s preeminent association of Christian communicators, today urged caution in the nation’s debt ceiling debate, specifically as it involves electromagnetic spectrum allocation.
“Television broadcasts are truly valuable to Americans. This is nowhere more evident than among the many non-commercial broadcasters NRB represents that operate thanks to the generous giving of those in the communities they serve,“ said Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB. “Sadly, the debt ceiling plan currently being offered by Senate Democrats would put these community servants in a very precarious spot as it could auction away their future.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s legislation to raise the nation’s debt ceiling includes provisions for an incentive auction of airwaves currently licensed to television broadcasters and a repacking of non-participating broadcasters elsewhere on the spectrum. It does not include protections for those broadcasters against signal degradation, loss of services, and other deleterious effects. In response to a related proposal in the Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Plan, NRB, which includes a significant number of full power, Class A, and low power television broadcasters, submitted detailed public comments on this idea. Specifically, NRB’s public filing noted an auction’s “substantial risks to NRB TV members, including the potential loss of spectrum, loss of coverage area, channel changes, and infrastructure costs.”
“Religious television broadcasters were called on by Congress to make significant sacrifices in the move to digital television and subsequent spectrum auctions just a few years ago. With questions about current broadband spectrum allocations not being fully utilized, we wonder if a new auction is truly necessary,” said Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Nevertheless, if there is to be one, NRB urges Congress to seek out and include explicit provisions and protections that fairly honor the services and investments of religious full power, Class A, and low power television broadcasters in their local communities.”
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