For Immediate Release:
September 01, 2011

Media Contact:
Ivonne Perez-Suarez


Resolution by Commissioner Sosa opposes action by Congress to limit free TV and local news channels

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa presented a resolution urging Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to take action related to implementation of the National Broadband Plan that would limit or disrupt airwaves currently allocated for free broadcast television.  The Board of County Commissioners passed the resolution during the September 1 meeting.  According to Sosa, it is vitally important that any such spectrum incentive auction be entirely voluntary, and not harm viewers who rely on local television by threatening existing broadcast service, such as local news and high definition programming.

"Free broadcast television is an important means to access local news and information, especially for senior citizens, the disabled, and residents with low or fixed incomes who don't have cable or satellite television," said Commissioner Sosa. "For many of these residents, their only connection to information about hurricanes and major emergencies is their television. To take that away is cutting a lifeline."

The Clerk of the Board will transmit a certified copy of Commissioner Sosa's resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The resolution also directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2011 and 2012 Federal Legislative Package to include these items.


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