Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, praised broadcasters Monday for their extensive coverage of the terror violence in Boston, but he urged them to let the Federal Communications Commission proceed with incentive auctions of spectrum. "What broadcasters value is not the audience for free over-the-air commercials, it is the government mandate that cable and satellite must carry or pay for their service. This is fine. It may be better for everyone if many broadcasters relinquish their spectrum so it can have bigger and wider uses than the tiny percent now getting their signal over the air," he said.
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