NAB Bests McCain On DTV Transition

Hearn, Ted
September 2004
Multichannel News;9/27/2004, Vol. 25 Issue 39, p52
The article focuses on the Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain's tangle with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Last week, McCain introduced a bill (S. 2820) that would have taken back TV stations' analog spectrum by 2009, unconditionally ending the DTV transition to free up a huge block of prime airwaves that could net the U.S. Treasury as much as $70 billion in an auction. McCain's plan didn't last more than 24 hours, as the NAB's lobbying team crafted an alternative that eviscerated any hope the prolonged DTV transition would conclude on a certain date and provide much needed spectrum for fire and rescue squads that suffered communications problems at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 because their handsets were tuned to different frequencies.


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