On October 14, MAB Staff and members met with Congressman John Conyers (D-13) and District Director Yolonda Lipsey. The MAB would like to thank MAB Board members Rob David and Michael Renda, who attended this meeting. Also in attendance was Dr. Oscar King of Kelley Cawthorne, who has a long standing connection and friendship with Congressman Conyers.
The discussion included the Spectrum Auctio – and the Congressman showed understanding of the brief timetable that the FCC has given to repack the TV spectrum and the challenges facing the broadcasters. He expressed great interest in the repacking process that will take place after the auction concludes, and asked to be kept updated on the FCC repacking plans. On the issue of preserving ad tax deductibility, the Congressman believes that no tax reform will move before the end of the year; he also recognized advertising as a vital vehicle for commerce and job growth