Monday, December 11, 2006

Legislation of "Audio Flag" Would Hurt Rollout Of HD Radio

NAB Continues Opposition To Audio Broadcast Flag
December 8, 2006, www.fmqb.com

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) sent letters to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate this week, reaffirming both organizations' opposition to the broadcast audio flag legislation.
"Preserving the rollout of HD Radio is of critical importance to broadcasters, manufacturers, and consumers, and we remain opposed to any mandated, legislative approach on the audio flag," wrote NAB President/CEO David Rehr and CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro.
In the letters; addressed to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid; Rehr and Shapiro write that any attempt to legislate the broadcast 'audio flag' would hurt the continued rollout of HD Radio.
"Legislation being promoted at the end of the 109th Congress would jeopardize the rollout of HD Radio at a time when the number of stations delivering digital broadcasts is increasing and as consumer demand is on the rise," they write, adding that "During the course of the year, broadcasters have worked with the recording industry toward a private, voluntary agreement on content protection and combating piracy. While those discussions have been very productive, these meetings must ultimately involve other interested stakeholders. Broadcasters and manufacturers remain committed to finding a voluntary solution that balances the rights of consumers, protects copyright holders, and preserves the continued rollout of HD Radio channels and products."

12/11/2006 09:36:00 AM

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