The Georgia Association of Broadcasters is committed to fighting for legislative and regulatory policies that support broadcasters’ ability to serve their local communities.


See the below for a list of the various issues that the GAB is addressing on behalf of Georgia broadcasters:

GA Broadcasters at the annual "GAB Day at the Capitol"

“The Georgia Association of Broadcasters is proud to serve the local radio and television stations of Georgia both in Atlanta and in Washington D.C. It is our mission as an association to serve the interests of our members and continue to be a resource for them.”


Bob Houghton, President of the GAB

Key Issues:

America’s public safety infrastructure is at risk if automakers remove AM radio from vehicles. Policymakers should urge auto manufacturers to keep this vital service as part of their vehicles to ensure Americans can be alerted to impending danger.

A nearly decade-old proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could impact local television broadcasters’ ability to invest and serve audiences with uniquely local and trusted information; however, it doesn’t include up-to-date marketplace information regarding the rise, and increasing influence, of digital distribution platforms.

Congress should not mandate a new performance royalty on free, local radio stations that would jeopardize local jobs, prevent new artists from breaking into the recording business and harm the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on local radio. Broadcasters urge legislators to support the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes a performance tax, and that last Congress was supported by more than 250 bipartisan members of the House and Senate. Additionally, broadcasters ask legislators to oppose any performance royalty proposal.

The next generation of broadcast television technology is right around the corner. NEXTGEN TV, also known as ATSC 3.0, offers 4K ultra high-definition video quality, theater-like sound, mobile reception, and innovative new features to enhance and expand your broadcast viewing experience. NEXTGEN TV lets local TV stations better personalize their broadcasts with information and interactive features so you can get the content and features most relevant to you.

For broadcasters, this means a more compelling and interactive way to tell our stories, whether it is breaking news, live sports, or your favorite drama or reality show.

The overwhelming power of big tech gatekeepers is threatening Americans’ access to quality local journalism. The size of the platforms, such as Google and Facebook, dwarf local TV and radio stations. Not only do these tech giants pose major threats to advertising revenue, but they are gatekeepers of online content, exerting power over what internet users access and how advertisers reach them. When big tech wins, local communities lose.