Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to accept rules to extend opportunities for Low Power FM Radio (LPFM) stations, which are community-based, non-commercial radio stations that operate at 100 watts or fewer. The finalization of these rules serves as an additional step in implementing the Local Community Radio Act and has the potential to double or triple the number of LPFM stations across the country.
New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) commends the FCC for its decision — the new rules promote greater community service commitments by LPFM stations, increase access to radio frequencies, allow local stations to own up to two FM translators to increase coverage over a larger geographic area, and improve and streamline the licensing process for new stations.
“In an era of unbridled consolidation, these rules are an important policy by the FCC to encourage local and diverse ownership of media. It will open doors for critical locally-oriented programming on the radio dial that is seldom available in most communities, " said OTI Policy Director Benjamin Lennett.
"The order reflects the persistent and extraordinary efforts of the Prometheus Radio Project and many others in the LPFM advocacy community,” said Andy Gunn, a field engineer at OTI. “The Open Technology Institute is proud to have been a part of these efforts, and we are excited to see new LPFM stations emerge in the coming years.”
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