This is historic.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve rules that will allow the unprecedented expansion of true local radio across the country. Beginning in October 2013, community groups will be able to apply for licenses to operate Low Power FM radio stations, bringing local voices to the airwaves in towns and cities across America.
FCC commissioners approved the rules in a unanimous, bipartisan vote. Their actions today represent a significant step towards achieving greater diversity on the public airwaves, and more opportunities for local musicians (which we obviously dig).
For the first time ever, many urban communities will be able to have their own LPFM stations. The FCC’s rules will likely mean that the number of such stations will double or even triple. That means more local music, more civic discussion and increased opportunities for local voices where it really counts: at home.
Today’s vote is the culmination of ten years of advocacy by a small but dedicated crew including FMC, Prometheus Radio Project, United Church of Christ, Free Press, the Center for Media Justice and others. And we couldn’t have done it without our Congressional champions, including — but not limited to — Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
Rep. Doyle has an excellent piece in Huffington Post about this historic accomplishment.
We will be working closely with our allies to help spread the word about the upcoming licensing opportunities. Our friends at Prometheus Radio Project are already off to a great start — they are ready, willing and able to offer technical assistance to interested parties, so be sure to get in touch!