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Fact sheets, handouts, one-pagers, how-tos, take actions: This section archives the many documents that Prometheus has created over the years to demystify the technological and bureaucratic challenges of producing your own media or impacting media policy. Most of these documents are also housed in relevant sections of the site, but here you can also browse the full collection of Prometheus educational materials. (Or check out the Recommended Reading page for a shorter list of our favorite articles.)

With the closing of the low power FM application window in November 2013, and with no indication that the FCC will open another one, we have compiled a list of alternatives to low power FM broadcasting. The following discussion presents a range of alternatives and options that offer various levels of viability. It is our judgement at Prometheus that none of these are as generally promising as fighting for a reinstatement and expansion of the original LPFM service, however one of them might be appropriate for your group to pursue.

With the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) slated for 2:20pm Eastern time today, September 28th, 2016; it will shortly be time to file "form two" in the on-line ETRS system -- before midnight in fact! Here's a quick guide, assuming you have filed "form one".

There are two basic questions asked on form one:

  • Did you receive the EAS test?
  • Did you retransmit the EAS test?

March 29, 2012

What are translators, and what do they have to do with community radio?

Update March 2012: We won! The FCC released new rules on March 19, 2012 that implement a market-by-market analysis to ensure space for new LPFMs. See our article explaining the details. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to the FCC on this issue! The text below, from Fall 2010, is outdated. We have preserved it here to give historical background on the translator fight at the FCC.  

Two studies released by Common Frequency show that a well-intentioned FCC plan may actually gut the potential of community radio. Intended as a compromise, this plan would actually hand over the vast majority of open frequencies to companies that already own stations, keeping community radio off the dial in urban areas.