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CTIA Opposes FM Chip Requirement

August 19, 2010: Jot Carpenter, VP for government affairs for wireless-industry trade group the CTIA, says of a proposed requirement that smartphones and other mobile devices include an FM chip, "We're going to fight every step of the way." Carpenter told PC World, "If consumers were clamoring for an FM chip, I can assure that our manufacturers and other carriers would find a way to provide that."

FM in mobile devices is one of the proposals being discussed by the NAB and label representatives as they negotiate on performance royalties. The conversation is based on a "legislative framework" and no deals have been made, but the NAB has revealed some of the topics on the table, including a top 1 percent royalty rate and permanently removing the Copyright Royalty Board from the rate-setting process.

Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro has already voiced strong opposition to any such requirement.

Carpenter said, "We don't want to be in this fight, but if you're going to put us in it, we're going to fight every step of the way. We're going to make this utterly painful until you say, 'OK, this is a bad idea.'"

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