Knight Center: "FCC rulings clear way for first new urban community radio stations in U.S. in decades"

Knight Ceter for Journalism in the Americas: "FCC rulings clear way for first new urban community radio stations in U.S. in decades"

http://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/00-9406-fcc-rulings-clear-way-first-...

By: Summer Harlow, 03/22/2012

New rulings by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will make way for the first new urban community radio stations in decades, reported the Tuscon Citizen.

In its decision to clear a backlog of 6,500 applications and to begin accepting applications for new Low Power FM stations as early as this fall, the FCC is taking one of the first steps to implementing the Local Community Radio Act, which Congress approved in 2010, according to Radio Survivor.

A press release from the FCC said the new orders, issued Monday, March 19, would "help promote community radio" and advance the "goal of fostering localism and diversity in the radio landscape."

Calling it a "victory for communities nationwide," the Prometheus Radio Project, an advocate for low power community radio, applauded the FCC's decision. "Today the FCC has opened the door for communities to use their own local airwaves, and that will be transformative," Brandy Doyle, policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project, said in a statement.

Similarly, a statement from the organization Free Press said it was "thrilled" at the FCC moving forward with implementing the Local Community Radio Act, as "real people deserve space on the public airwaves that are often dominated by corporate media."