October 14, 2009

News: Bill boosting small radio stations makes moves

Mike Doyle and Lee Terry

The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet voted 15-1 to pass the Local Community Radio Act on Oct. 8. This act would allow hundreds of new Low Power FM (LPFM) stations to form. LPFMs are non-commercial, 100-watt radio stations with a radius of a few miles.

Groups interested in LPFMs were denied licenses in 2000 after Congress ordered the FCC to end distribution after large radio stations complained crowded media markets would affect their business.

The bill will now move forward in the legislative process.

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