atleast some good news! 38 members of the House have already signed on as co-sponsors of the Local Community Radio Act (H.R. 1147).
There is an important bill going though congress right now that would open up radio for more local low power broadcasters. It is called the Local Community Radio Act.
what does this mean? this act would allow local communities ie neighborhoods, small rural townships ,schools, and colleges. this would give the opportunity to have public radio geared to the local communities. you would have programming ran and gear to the local issues. you wouldnt get a left/right wing enthusseist located halfway across the country talking about issues that may not be what the locals are really worried about. it also give the opertunity to be able to format your own music and programs. the opertunities are endless…
What Is LPFM?
Low Power FM – or LPFM — stations are community-based, nonprofit radio stations that broadcast at the local level, to neighborhoods and small towns throughout the country.
Run by non-profits like colleges, churches, schools, labor unions and other community groups, LPFM stations provide local coverage, information and perspectives that are not available anywhere else.
Congress, the FCC and LPFM
After Congress first authorized LPFM stations in 2000, the Federal Communications Commission began to issue LPFM licenses, awarding more than 800 licenses to civil rights organizations, schools and church groups across the country.
Soon after, Congress – under pressure from Big Media lobbyists – passed a misguided piece of legislation that radically reduced the radio spectrum available to LPFM stations because of claims of LPFM interference with signals from full power radio stations.
Congress ordered the FCC to study the issue, and, in 2003, the FCC released a $2 million study — known as the “Mitre Report” — which found that increasing the number of LPFM stations would not interfere with full power stations.
Now, new bipartisan legislation in the House (H.R. 1147) promises to open the radio dial to thousands of new LPFM stations across the country, bringing fresh music, local perspectives and community news to the public airwaves.