New FCC Commissioners Unanimously Support the Local Community Radio Act
Thursday, 17 September 2009
For Immediate Release: New FCC Commissioners Unanimously Support the Local
Community Radio Act
Bipartisan bill would expand low power radio
Cory Fischer-Hoffman, Prometheus Radio Project (610) 761-5414
Pete Tridish, Prometheus Radio Project (215) 605-9297
September 17, 2009
Washington DC -- In the first Congressional oversight hearing since the
three new FCC Commissioners took office, all five Commissioners endorsed the
Local Community Radio Act HR 1147/ S592, unanimously reaffirming the FCC's
continued support for the bill.
FCC Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners Baker and Clyburn expressed
support for the Local Community Radio Act in a hearing of the House
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Introduced by
Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14) and Rep. Lee Terry (NE-2) in February, the bill
would repeal a 2000 law that restricts Low Power FM radio (LPFM) radio to
"We are very pleased that the Commission has again voiced their support for
this important bill, which would allow community radio to expand into
thousands of towns, cities and neighborhoods throughout the US," stated Cory
Fischer-Hoffman, Campaign Director at the Prometheus Radio Project.
This is the third time that the Commission has unanimously requested that
Congress return authority to the FCC to manage "third adjacent channel
restrictions" on Low Power FM radio (LPFM). These restrictions, imposed by
Congress in 2000 in response to concerns that LPFMs could cause interference
to full power stations limited low power radio to rural areas. Since a
harm full power stations, the FCC has told Congress they are ready to move
forward with community radio. The bill now awaits a mark-up in the House
Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Technology and the Internet.
LPFM stations are licensed to government, churches, emergency responders,
and other noncommercial organizations. They have a three-to-five mile range
and a maximum 100 watts of power. Today, over 800 local organizations
operate LPFM stations around the country.
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