Local Community Radio Act Passed

Local Community Radio Act Passed

Local Community Radio Act Passed
On Dec. 18 the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 6533, the Local Community Radio Act, which will allow low-power FM radio outlets to obtain broadcast licenses in U.S. communities of all sizes. The Federal Communications Commission currently limits the number of low-power FM stations that can be licensed in urban and suburban areas. "Today is a day for community radio to celebrate and for America to celebrate community radio," said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) in a statement. "Low power FM stations allow for more viewpoints, community-centered news and a variety of alternative programming." Along with Cantwell, the bill, which passed the House the day before and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature, was shepherded by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.), and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (12/21)

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