FCC approves rules allowing unprecedented expansion of local radio in US

From Future Of Music:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve rules that will allow the unprecedented expansion of true local radio across the country. Beginning in October 2013, community groups will be able to apply for licenses to operate Low Power FM radio stations, bringing local voices to the airwaves in towns and cities across America.

FCC commissioners approved the rules in a unanimous, bipartisan vote. Their actions today represent a significant step towards achieving greater diversity on the public airwaves, and more opportunities for local musicians (which we obviously dig).

For the first time ever, many urban communities will be able to have their own LPFM stations. The FCC’s rules will likely mean that the number of such stations will double or even triple. That means more local music, more civic discussion and increased opportunities for local voices where it really counts: at home.

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