WASHINGTON—With initial estimates from broadcasters on the expenses for the repack coming in at $2.1 billion—exceeding the $1.75 billion Congress has set aside—Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) has introduced the Viewer Protection Act to ensure that all expenses are covered so viewers are not at the risk of their stations going dark. The bill would establish a $1 billion “emergency fund” if needed and fund a $90 million viewer outreach effort.
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