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CEA Says: Americans Support Spectrum Reclamation

4/11/2011 03:16:00 PM Eastern

Washington - On the eve of a House Communications Subcommittee hearing on spectrum issues,
the Consumer Electronics Association has released a CEA-commissioned Zogby poll
that found that given an either-or choice, 60% of Americans surveyed would
rather give up "more local, over-the-air broadcast TV choices" than "better and
faster wireless Internet."
 
That is according to a copy of the survey,
conducted among 2,138 people April 5-7. The survey did select for Internet
users, however, since it was an online poll. But the survey also found that even
when broadcasters were characterized as "underutilizing" their spectrum in the
question--a point they do not concede--fewer than half the respondents said the
spectrum should be auctioned off rather than kept in broadcaster hands, though
most of the others either said neither of they didn't know.

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