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CEA Thanks Broadcasters for Considering Spectrum Auction Participation

Arlington, VA – February 9, 2015 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to the public statement from broadcasters Fox, Ion, Tribune and Univision that they are prepared to take part in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2016 broadcast spectrum incentive auction:
“We want to thank these broadcasters for positively considering participating in the upcoming spectrum incentive auction. Their most recent discussions with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler are proof that the auction offers benefits to everyone involved – the broadcasters who will be well compensated for spectrum, American taxpayers who will see deficit reduction and better broadband services, and American innovators and entrepreneurs who desperately need more spectrum to feed our growing demand for ‘anywhere/anytime’ access. Our country is facing a nationwide spectrum shortfall, but this auction presents an excellent opportunity for us to free up more of our valuable spectrum and further fuel our innovation economy.”

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