Jeff Smulyan Tells House Subcommittee Today About The Importance Of Radio's Inclusion In Cell Phones
June 6, 2012 at 3:41 AM (PT)
EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS Chairman JEFF SMULYAN was one of several broadcast executives testifying before the HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE TODAY (6/6) during the "Future Of Audio" conference. SMULYAN released his prepared testimony, in which he focuses on the need to include FM chips in mobile devices.
"My testimony will focus on the public interest benefits of extending the reach of those services through mobile phone devices," SMULYAN will say. "Unlocking the mobile phone market would provide the millions of mobile phone subscribers with greater access to the free news, public affairs and entertainment programming provided by local radio broadcasters. Perhaps most importantly, the inclusion of activated radio chips in mobile phones would expand access to the critical public safety information that Americans have come to expect from their local radio broadcasters during times of emergency."
Let me be clear: despite the continued claims of wireless industry advocates, broadcasters are not seeking a mandate that radio chips be included in mobile devices.
"It is imperative that Americans be able to access radio service over the most ubiquitous, widely-carried portable device, the mobile phone," he's expected to continue. "The consumer benefits of incorporating radio reception into mobile phones are many and varied. Americans will be able to listen to their favorite local radio stations wherever they are, over their mobile phones. This also means mobile access to local news, entertainment, weather and traffic information, and potentially life-saving information during emergencies."
"Let me be clear: Despite the continued claims of wireless industry advocates, broadcasters are not seeking a mandate that radio chips be included in mobile devices," SMULYAN will testify. "Rather, we have worked to educate policymakers on the benefits of expanding the availability of radio-enabled mobile phones. In the end, this is a matter of consumer access. Americans deserve better choices and should be free to choose mobile phones with activated radio chips. Both the demonstrated demand for radio-enabled mobile phone devices, and local radio’s role as a lifeline service during times of crisis, are considerations that this Subcommittee should take into account as it explores this issue."