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In an increasingly competitive marketplace, broadcasters' engagement is more important than ever. Congressional races across the country can make a difference in shaping the future of our industry.

Broadcasters' successes in 2015:

Bipartisan House Majority Opposes a Performance Tax
Once again holding off the record labels in an attempt to tax radio, broadcasters secured a bipartisan majority of Congress to support the Local Radio Freedom Act, acknowledging the important role stations play in their local communities.

Congress Passes Legislation That Grandfathers Joint Sales Agreements
Legislation passed in December 2015 limits a 2014 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision that made most television joint sales agreements (JSAs) count toward strict ownership limits violating media ownership rules.

Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) Announces Reduced Streaming Rates
In 2015, the CRB reduced royalty rates for radio broadcasters' streaming services by 32 percent in 2016, moving rates the right direction.

Retransmission Consent Process Remains Intact/FCC Delays Action on Eliminating Exclusivity
NAB continued to work to ensure policymakers understand how the retransmission consent system benefits TV viewers and prevented government interference in these private, market-driven negotiations. Numerous high profile legislators also urged the FCC not to upend programming exclusivity rules and the FCC has delayed action on its harmful proposal.

Modifications to the Tax Treatment of Advertising Averted
NAB remained vigilant in opposing harmful changes to the tax treatment of advertising that would make it more costly for businesses to reach customers through local radio and TV ads. As a result, it appears increasingly unlikely that the 114th Congress will address this issue.

Industry Comparison

*2015 totals

Congressional races across the country can make a difference in shaping the future of our industry.

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