Low Power FM (LPFM)

Low Power FM on the Hill

Shayne Wagman and Casey Rae-Hunter
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

On June 11, 2009, the House Subcommittee for Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing on the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. This bill is designed to lift the minimum distance requirements imposed by the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act and allow LPFM stations to exist on “third-adjacent channels,” or channels three clicks away from full-power stations on the dial. Congress imposed this restriction in response to fears that an LPFM’s 100 watt-or-less signal would interfere with a full-power station’s 20,000 watt signal. This is a bit like being worried that a flashlight will steal brightness from an industrial-grade spotlight. read more

I Support Community Radio

Non-commercial radio plays a major role in the discovery of music of all genres. From indie-rock to hip-hop to folk to jazz to classical, the music played on public broadcasting stations reaches listeners in American communities large and small. read more

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