NAB Rebuts 'FM-In-Cellphone Mandate' Allegation
February 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB) wasted no time in disputing allegations by electronic/tech interests and indie artists group MUSICFIRST that the NAB is seeking a "mandate" of FM chips in cellphones. The CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION, the CITA Wireless Association and MUSICFIRST are purported to be co-signees of a letter to CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS that made the allegation.
NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON issued the following statement:
"It is disappointing that CEA, CTIA and MUSICFIRST are falsely claiming that NAB is seeking a mandated radio chip in cellphones. We have said repeatedly to these organizations that NAB supports a market solution to this issue, and even CTIA admits as much in the attached fact sheet.
"By distorting our position, CEA, CTIA and MUSICFIRST are doing a disservice to policymakers who deserve open and honest information.
"From a public safety perspective alone, voluntary introduction of radio chips in cellphones makes perfect sense. It would be our hope that when it comes to saving lives in times of emergency, our friends at CEA, CTIA and MUSICFIRST would move beyond intimidation tactics and special interest politics and encourage a substantive debate on the merits of this issue."