Our Issues

Many people know Prometheus for our work building radio stations or fighting in Congress to expand low power radio. In this section, we share a lesser-known side of our struggle to free the airwaves: the world of regulatory policy. In other words, the rules.

Rules about the airwaves (aka the radio spectrum) are set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is supposed to manage the radio spectrum as a public resource (just as other agencies manage other public resources, such as water or forests). The public can participate by commenting about proposed rules, or even proposing rules of our own. At Prometheus, we advocate for rules that allow greater access to the airwaves for those historically marginalized from media ownership. We think media should be controlled by communities, not corporations. We believe that communication is a fundamental right. Since so much communication relies on the radio spectrum (from radio to broadband to satellites), we see access to the spectrum as a right worth fighting for.

You can learn about our key regulatory issues in the menu on the right, or read below for the latest updates on our regulatory work.

Our Policy Updates

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September 5, 2018

A broad coalition of LPFM stations filed a reply today (after an earlier round of comments) on the proposed reconfiguration of the FCC rules on interference from stations that only repeat other station’s material (and do not originate their own programming).

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September 4, 2018

Prometheus Radio Project (“Prometheus”) and Media Mobilizing Project (“MMP”) filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s August 3, 2018 decision adopting an incubator program.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just took a major step forward in getting low power FM (LPFM) stations on the air!

On November 30, 2012, the FCC released long-awaited new rules for low power radio stations. Overall, the Sxith Report and Order is a great victory for community radio, with more flexible rules about where stations can be located and stronger preference given to local, community-driven stations. Many of these new rules were the result of tenacious advocacy from Prometheus and our supporters.