|For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2012
Manassas, VA - In advance of the FCC’s consideration this week of a new auction of television broadcast spectrum, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the nation’s largest association of Christian communicators, voiced support for a comprehensive spectrum inventory.
“To ensure an accurate understanding of America’s spectrum needs, a full and public accounting of how it is currently being utilized is a necessary starting point,” said Dr. Frank Wright, President & CEO of NRB. “I congratulate Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) for continuing to raise this flag with their Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (S.3433).”
At its Open Meeting this Friday, the FCC is scheduled to consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would advance a voluntary incentive spectrum auction that was authorized by Congress earlier this year. In a 2011 public filing with the FCC, NRB warned of 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. As the FCC works to advance this new spectrum auction, NRB continues to urge a process that fairly honors the services and investments of all Christian television broadcasters in their local communities.
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.
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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 nearly 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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