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And while this is an ongoing battle, NAB and radio broadcasters are in a strong position, due in large part to the grassroots efforts of our member stations. Because we are in a position of strength, we have been able to have a constructive dialogue with the other side.
While potential terms have been discussed, there is no agreement yet. But we have brought these terms to the industry for your feedback. We appreciate those who have taken the time to call and e-mail with your support, concerns and questions.
We've received a lot of good feedback. Many of you support our discussions…but there are also many of you who believe we should continue fighting as hard as we can. And still others who remain undecided and have a lot of questions.
We welcome hearing all of your views and thoughts on this. We know this is eliciting many strong feelings -- and that's not surprising. The outcome impacts the long-term success of radio -- that's our future.
But remember this: We are here to serve you. We are here to protect your interests and help build a strong future for radio. And though we have a voice, Congress ultimately has the vote. Congress will decide whether this comes up for a vote or if we keep on fighting to preserve radio's future prosperity.
But beyond our advocacy efforts on the Performance Rights Act, it's clear that ensuring broadcast radio is available in mobile phones is important to America's public safety. There's already congressional support for this effort. Last November, a bipartisan group of 60 House members sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski encouraging the adoption of radio in mobile phone handsets to provide emergency information.
We just marked the ninth anniversary of one of the worst attacks on U.S. soil - the 9/11 tragedy. And in those nine years, the cell phone industry has not implemented a way to instantly and reliably inform their millions of users in times of emergency. Radio provides the most practical, efficient and cost-effective way to keep Americans safe and informed.
That is a fact.
Radio's enduring value has made it the ultimate survivor. As new technology has come and gone, radio has endured. But we must unite in our efforts to build a strong future for the industry. We must work together in order to continue to move radio forward.
And as we look to the future, we can find inspiration in something a great American innovator, Thomas Edison, once said: "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward."
As we take the steps to build a vibrant future for the industry, we can expect to face some setbacks. But we won't be discouraged and we won't give up. We'll keep adapting, keep innovating and keep thriving. Because that's what survivors do.
The radio business is evolving right before our eyes, and we have the incredible opportunity to shape its path. We're building a bright future for radio, and today is just the beginning.
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