Smith Says Broadcasters ‘Eager’ to Take Part in Post-Sandy Hearings

NAB’s CEO has offered broadcasters’ help to the commission as the agency reviews communications status in the wake of hurricane Sandy
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NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith has offered broadcasters’ aid to the commission as the agency reviews communications status in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The agency plans to conduct a series of field hearings across the country on how communication providers fared before, during and post-storm, we reported. While much of the hearings will focus on wired and wireless phone companies, broadcasters will be asked to tell the commission their experience, especially focusing on their access to power and fuel.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Smith says NAB is eager to take part in the hearings, and can identify radio and television executives who would want to participate.

“Local radio and television stations from the Carolinas to Maine provided a remarkably resilient lifeline during Hurricane Sandy,” says Smith in the letter. “In many cities and for millions of people in Sandy’s path, broadcasters were the only source of information during those difficult days.”

Since the storm, broadcasters have continued their efforts, hosting fundraisers to raise money for storm victims, he noted.

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