|For Immediate Release
January 29, 2013
Manassas, VA–In response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would advance a new voluntary incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the nation’s largest association of Christian communicators, filed public comments encouraging the FCC to purposefully protect the programming choice for Americans, specifically the religious and family programming that NRB Members provide free of charge to local communities. NRB also highlighted the “no-alter” clause in the Spectrum Act for low power television (LPTV) and proposed constructive solutions to keep important religious and family LPTV programming on the air for consumers.
“Let us be careful not to auction away wholesome programming from the airwaves,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. “The immense value of broadcast television is nowhere more evident than among NRB’s TV Members that operate thanks to the support of those in the local communities they serve.”
Specifically, NRB’s public comments recommended:
• that the interests of the viewing public be kept paramount, and in particular
the valuable localism provided by low power stations be protected in accord with the
intent of Congress;
• that the FCC exercise the highest degree of transparency in the planned operation of
the auction and in the standards it will employ in deciding the fate of broadcast stations; and
• a method to insure equitable reimbursement for stations forced to relocate.
Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice-President & General Counsel, one of the authors of NRB's comments to the FCC, suggested that the Commission "break up this complex proceeding into smaller, bite-sized pieces." Parshall noted, "This behemoth proposal currently sends the FCC down a blind alley, not knowing if it will garner the necessary spectrum, not informing the public what precise standards it will employ in the auction and repacking, and giving no assurances to any station whether it will, or will not, remain on the air."
As the FCC works to advance this new spectrum auction, NRB continues to urge a process that fairly honors the services and investments of Christian television broadcasters in their local communities.
About NRB The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention The annual NRB Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2-5, 2013. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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