Radio

The current regulatory regime for radio serves to thwart the First Amendment rights and interests of most Americans. It silences them on their own airwaves, while the wealthy may speak through radio by controlling who uses their stations and for what purposes.

There is a profound need in America today for public spaces in which people can talk to one another. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a rare opportunity to use its authority over the radio spectrum to help bring these public spaces into being, through non-commercial low-power FM radio. It can open up the radio spectrum to the ideas, projects, information, arguments, art and initiatives of local citizens, grass-roots organizations, foundations, associations, and religious and neighborhood groups. So doing, it can enrich the publicís understanding of civic issues and social problems. It can set aside a small corner of the public airwaves for civic educational programming to help citizens discharge their civic responsibilities.

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News Releases

Nader, Commercial Alert Comments in Support of Non-Commercial Low-Power FM Radio
Gary Ruskin | July 12th, 1999

Nader, Commercial Alert Comments in Support of Non-Commercial Low-Power FM Radio
Gary Ruskin | July 12th, 1999

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External Links

The Fight for Micro Radio Enters the Home Stretch: Paradise or Paradise Lost
Peter Franck |

Broadcasting, the Constitution and Democracy
The National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic | April 6, 1998

Microradio Empowerment Coalition

Committee on Democratic Communications of the National Lawyers' Guild

Interview with Peter Frannck and Barbara Olshansky
Steve Rendall & Janine Jackson | Counterspin |

Interview with Peter Frannck and Barbara Olshansky
Steve Rendall & Janine Jackson | Counterspin |