Local Community Radio Act Signed into Law
Washington, DC - Jan 7, 2011 - President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law. "The Local Community Radio Act signed by President Obama is a big win for radio listeners. Low-power FM stations are small, but they make a giant contribution to local community programming," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
The effort was spearheaded by a group of community broadcasters and advocate groups including the Prometheus Radio Project. Prometheus says the new law paves the way for what could be the biggest expansion of community radio in US history.
"In this day of way-too-much media consolidation, stifling program homogenization and the decimation of local news, new voices are critically important to sustaining America's civic dialogue and citizen engagement," said FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps.
The 100 watt stations will be locally owned and run by non-profits, schools, emergency responders and other non-commercial groups. The new law repeals earlier restrictions that kept low power radio out of urban areas.
The next steps are up to the FCC, which must design rules for the revised service.
Acceptable Use Policy blog comments powered by Disqus
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Today in Radio History
The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.
Read each issue online in our Digital Edition Format in your Web browser.
EAS Information More on EAS
The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.
Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.
Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.
This high-visibility and high-traffic area got the full acoustic treatment.
Browse Back Issues[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Also in the May Issue
- Remote Access and Site Connectivity: Wireless
- Standards of FM Allocation and Interference
- Side by Side: Mic Processors
- Field Report: Deva Broadcast DB4004
- Field Report: APT WorldCast Systems Horizon NextGen
- New Products
- 20 Years of Radio magazine: May 1994