National Press Club

Broadcast Spectrum Allocation

April 2, 1997

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Run time: 57 minutes

Common Cause representatives and others released a report on broadcast spectrum allocation titled "Channeling Influence." The report examines how major U.S. broadcasters have lobbied to ensure that the federal government does not sell them licenses for use of the electromagnetic spectrum in which they transmit their signals. Participants criticized the broadcasters for trying to use their money and power to this end and urged citizens to press elected officials not to allow this to happen.