On October 28, MAB staff and members met with Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-2). The MAB would like to thank members Janet Mason, Kevin Dunaway, Tim Feagan, Brooks Blanton and Brad Lanser for joining us at this important meeting.
We discussed the Spectrum Auction 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. The Congressman has expressed his support for local radio and our position on copyright review and performance tax issues. The Congressman also expressed concern for the new Department of Labor overtime regulations set to take effect December 1 and was interested to hear how the new rule will impact the day-to-day operation of stations.