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NAB Opposes FM Chipset Mandate

As Chris said yesterday, FM-capable phones are available for the consumers who want them. The market is responding, and will continue to respond, to consumer demand, and thus there is no reason for a mandate in this area.

Our opposition to an FM chipset mandate has long been echoed by groups like TIA, CEA, ITI, Tech America, RIAA and RCA. And now we can add NAB to that list!

After the July 15 hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, NAB President Gordon Smith responded to a question from Representative Marsha Blackburn by stating, “NAB is not asking for a government-imposed mandate that mobile devices incorporate an FM radio chip.”

Yesterday, NAB reiterated their support for a “VOLUNTARY activation of radio chips in cellphones.”

No mandate. Voluntary. Those are concepts I can get behind. It’s great that CTIA and NAB now agree that there is no need for a government mandate on FM chipsets. Now guys, about those spectrum auctions...

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    Why does Marsha Want Congress to Regulate the Internet? Why not just say NO FEDERAL branch (the FCC and congress and the federal courts included) has any authority to decide or rule on any aspect concerning the Internet?

    BUT Marsha Blackburn did Vote FOR: Patriot Act Reauthorization, Electronic Surveillance, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension; and only NOW she is worried about free speech, privacy, and government take over of the internet?

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

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    "Others Challenge Blanket Increase"

    "Press Communications filed an Application for Review and Request for Stay, citing an unalterably biased outcome of the proceeding based on testing conducted by the parties who had a stake in the outcome, without a full technical review or independent verification. NPR had already admitted to vast amounts of new interference, wrote Press. The NAB is somewhat tainted with a majority of its Executive Board and eight to ten others on its Radio Board having invested money in the venture. Meanwhile, a member of its radio board with a heavy investment in HD equipment in its group largely conducted the tests on its own stations working directly with iBiquity."

    As the CTIA meets today (4/25/2012) with the House and the NAB over FM chipsets in cell phones, I'de like to point out that the NAB Board Members are investors in iBiquity's HD Radio. I believe this is all a ruse to get HD Radio mandated into cell phones.

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