Thursday, August 4 2022

WASHINGTON DC—The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) released a statement commending the Senate Commerce Committee for passing the Weak Powers Off-Committee Protection Act.

“NAB applauds the Senate Commerce Committee for passing the Weak Powers Protection Act,” said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt. “This legislation provides a long-awaited opportunity for low-power television stations operating in smaller, predominantly rural markets to achieve Class A status and ensure their continued service into the future. Providing significant interference protections will allow these broadcasters to better serve their millions of viewers by hiring more reporters, investing in new equipment and upgrading to ATSC 3.0. Hometown USA broadcasters thank Sens. Blunt (MO) and Wyden (OR) for introducing this legislation and Sens. Klobuchar (MN) and Fischer (NE) for their support, and we support the swift passage of the bill.

US Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ron Wyden (Oregon) introduced the Low Power Protection Act in December 2021.

The bill would strengthen spectrum rights for certain low-power television (LPTV) stations, which fill important gaps in broadcast service, particularly in rural communities beyond the reach of a low-power signal. full power, the senators said.

If enacted, the Low Power Protection Act would direct the FCC to give certain low-power television stations primary status as Class A television licensees.

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