Advocates rejoice as Obama signs Local Community Radio Act

From The Washington Post

By Hayley Tsukayama

On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act, making room on the radio spectrum for smaller, community-based radio stations.

The act passed the Senate on Dec. 20 and represents the end of a decade-long struggle between local radio advocates and the National Association of Broadcasters.

The provisions were in place to prevent interference, and largely kept low-power FM stations in rural areas where airwaves were more open. Prior to this act, low-power radio stations were only allowed to occupy frequencies within four dial clicks of a major radio station, officially called fourth-adjacent frequencies. Community radio advocates such as the Prometheus Radio Project said that placed too much of a restriction on the spectrum, and that more frequencies could be opened without interference issues.

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