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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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October 31, 2007 3:22 PM

Life for LPFM

Posted by Ryan Blethen

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee passed the Local Radio Community Act of 2007 on Tuesday. The legislation, sponsored by Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, would help low-power FM (LPFM) grow. The short version is that the FCC would have to change its rules to get rid of third-adjacent channel minimum distance separation between LPFM stations and existing stations. The bill also address licensing issues that have worked against LPFM stations.

Hopefully the support of the Commerce Committee is replicated in a vote of the full Senate.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

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