Chance for Competition in Radio
|July 10, 2002||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
A Chance for Healthy Competition
FCC PLAN FOR LOCAL RADIO STATIONS
(Publisher’s note — here’s the problem. Large broadcast station owners enjoy a monopoly without paying its market value. The FCC is considering opening the market to a little bit of competition. But the monopoly stations want to keep other radio stations from starting. Please support the FCC’s initiative to allow new low-power radio stations.)
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS APRIL 12, 1999 After a 21-year ban, the Federal Communications Commission has finally re-opened the door to make Low-Power FM (LPFM) radio licenses available. But as you might expect, there’s a catch.
Public outcry, and a lot of it, may be the only way to make this potential victory stick. The FCC is taking comments until April 12th on the make-up of the new licensing regulations. This is a very rare opportunity to pro-actively influence the status of our publicly-owned airwaves.
What You Can Do:
* Write letters/email the FCC and thank them for the leadership toward the legalization of new FM radio stations.
* Contact Community Powered Radio (CPR) in Seattle to join the growing list of community groups, civic organizations and neighbors signing on to support a formal presentation to the FCC in April. Add your voice to those of the National Lawyers’ Guild, FAIR, the California Green Party, and many others! If you wish, CPR can give a presentation to your organization on this important right to communicate and also can provide materials for inclusion in your organization’s newsletter.
* Get involved locally. All communities need help in making low-power radio that serves the interests of their neighborhoods. We need your input and energy to make group presentations, provide micro-radio resources, and educate about the necessity for truly democratic media. For starters, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the FCC and your Congressperson.
Here are some useful addresses:
Federal Communications Commission
Attn: NPRM # FCC 99-6
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Email addresses of the FCC:
Here’s a sample of the kind of thing you might want to say:
Re: NPRM # FCC 99-6, MM Docket # 99-25 & #95-25:
I commend Chairman Kennard for his leadership. I urge you to adopt rules for licensing Low Power FM radio.
Your office has the power and the mandate to ensure that ordinary people can claim a piece of the public airwave spectrum that big corporations have dominated and controlled for years. I am confident you agree that broad citizen access to information and culture is at the heart of a democratic society.
To support this vision, I urge you to go forward with your initiative and open the doors to new radio opportunities for Americans.
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