Seven Public Interest Groups Call on Reps. Dingell and Markey to Include Unlicensed Spectrum and Public Interest Obligations in DTV Legislation

May 20, 2005



Seven Public Interest Groups Call on Reps. Dingell and Markey to Include Unlicensed Spectrum and Public Interest Obligations in DTV Legislation

Dear Representatives Markey and Dingell:

We are writing to urge you to ensure that the expected digital transition legislation contains provisions that meaningfully address broadcasters' accountability to the public, and obligations to serve the public interest. We believe that any DTV transition legislation should include:

. quantitative programming guidelines, particularly related to local civic and electoral affairs programming, with appropriate disclosure requirements to provide the Federal Communications Commission and the public with accurate information about the types of programming that appear on the publicly owned airwaves, and

. improved public access to unlicensed spectrum for affordable broadband services.

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