2018 Call on Congress Update

Left to Right: MAB Secretary/Treasurer Zoe Burdine-Fly (Market President, Townsquare Media), Fred Corbus (General Manager, WWMT-TV), Karole White, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-6), MAB Vice-Chairman Gary Baxter (Vice President and General Manager, WSYM-TV), and MAB Chairman Peter Tanz (Senior Vice President, Midwest Communications)

On February 27 and 28,   MAB members traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference and MAB Call on Congress.

Michigan broadcasters met with the Michigan Congressional delegation and their telecommunication staff to discuss: (1) the need to ensure that the repacking timeline and relocation funds are adequate as not to disrupt TV and radio broadcast service; (2) ensuring the ability of broadcasters and pay –TV operators to continue conducting private, market-driven negotiations for retransmission consent; (3) broadcasters’ opposition to the performance tax and MAB’s support of the Local Radio Freedom Act; and (4) broadcasters’ opposition to the Microsoft request for free spectrum to operate unlicensed devices.

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