FCC Opens Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend the Low Power FM Rules -- Send In Your Comments!

Posted by Mitchell - July 8, 2005 (entry 327)

Repost from the Prometheus Radio Project

On July 7th, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking a number of important questions about the future of the Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service. This is the most important opportunity for you to comment on the direction of LPFM since the service was implemented 5 years ago.

Find the text of the rulemaking here:

Prometheus positions on many of these issues are here:

A list of questions drawn from the rulemaking is here:

Comments are due on August 8th, and you can reply to others' comments, reply comments due August 22. You can use our handy comment filing tool


to skip some of the drudgerous parts of the FCC's electronic comment filing system at the FCC.

The Notice invites comments on some of the bigger issues around LPFM. A key issue is whether low power radio stations should be displaced "at the whim of a hat"* by full power stations. Comments might explore whether local low power stations should be able to displace non-locally-programmed translator stations. And it asks whether low power stations should be able to be bought, sold, or transfered from one licensee to another entity. There are also a number of other, smaller issues addressed in the Notice -- and in general, it is a good opportunity to tell the FCC anything you are thinking about LPFM.

If you have any questions, email us at petri@prometheusradio.org, or check out http://www.prometheusradio.org. Thanks for writing comments in support of Low Power FM radio!

The whole crew at the Prometheus Radio Project

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