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FACT SHEET

  • Amount the NAB estimates TV station owners will spend to upgrade to digital—$16 billion.

    Source: NAB99 On the Verge, March 1999, p. 24

  • Amount the NAB estimates TV station owners will make in advertising in 2000—$25 billion.

    Source: NAB99, Daily News, April 19, 1999

  • Amount broadcasters spent on lobbying in Washington between 1/97 and 7/98—$10 million.

    Source: www.opensecrets.org/alerts/v5/alertv5_08.htm

  • Amount of local programming in Nashville, Tennessee between 2/98 and 3/98—zero.

    Source: http://www.benton.org/Policy/TV/whatslocal.html

  • Percent of Americans who consider the Internet the most trusted source of information—1%.

    Source: Roper

  • Percent who consider the television the most trusted source of information—53%.

    Source: Roper

  • Number of hours per week the average American child spends in front of the television—28.

    Source:National Institute on Media and the Family

  • Number of acts of violence an 18-year-old will have witnessed on TV—200,000.

    Source: National Institute on Media and the Family

  • Percent who think broadcasters pay $100,000 of dollars or more for TV licenses—56 %.

    Source: Lake, Snell, Perry

  • Amount of money broadcasters pay for TV licenses—zero.

    Source: FCC

  • Value of public airwaves given to broadcasters to transition to digital—$70 billion.

    Source: FCC

  • Date broadcasters in top ten markets are to begin broadcasting digital TV—5/1/99

    Source: FCC

  • Date scheduled to determine digital broadcasters public interest obligations—none set

    Source: FCC


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