Help Community Radio in Louisville!
The low power FM radio service, legalized in 2000, was a response to the work of people like you, fighting for the right to use their own airwaves! To date, hundreds of new radio stations are on the air, transmitting vibrant local programming to towns and countrysides that need it. When the National Association of Broadcasters and National Public Radio started to see how many great new stations would be blossoming all over the United States, they decided to fight the service. They pretended that there was a problem with interference -- that if you put a low power FM station on the dial too close to a full power FM radio station, there would be too much crackling on the dial to listen to the full power station. This argument didn\'t hold water at the FCC (when the NAB put together a fake CD of what interference would sound like, the chief engineers at the Commission bit back, condemning the NAB for disseminating lies about low power FM!). But the industry was able to convince Congress to limit low power FM radio to America\'s most rural areas, with the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act of 2000. When the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act of 2000 was passed, Congress mandated that the FCC conduct a study as to whether or not low power FM radio stations would interfere with full power broadcasts. Under this Congressional mandate, the FCC designed a testing program to assess the probability of interference from low-power FM stations. That study, conducted by independent contractors at the MITRE corporation, has been completed -- and it has found that interference is not an issue for full power FM! According to the study, released July 13, 2003 by the MITRE Corporation, there is only an infinitesimal chance that the signals from FCC licensed low-power stations will interfere with bigger, full power radio stations. Now, all we have to do is get Congress to repeal the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act of 2000, giving the FCC permission to give out hundreds, if not thousands, of low power FM radio licenses! Please help bring true community radio to Louisville by signing this petition. We will deliver the petition to Congressman John Yarmuth asking him to introduce this much-needed legislation. You are also encouraged to contact his office at (202) 225-5401. Thank you for your participation!