It doesn't get much better than this. This is why I started a pirate station in the first place. I WANTED to create an LPFM station. I got the paperwork, ordered the equipment and bam.. the NAB and NPR (yea.. NPR) closed it down with a few selectively bought off senators.
Now, it's happening. Low Power FM (LPFM) is going to be sprouting up all over the country. Thousands of stations with actual local content, interesting music and local management that give a shit about the community they're in.
It'll actually be worth buying a radio now (I don't know anyone under 30 who even owns one outside of the one they get by buying a car).
This is totally kick ass.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President's signature.
These Congressional champions for community radio joined with the thousands of grassroots advocates and dozens of public interest groups who have fought for ten years to secure this victory for local media. In response to overwhelming grassroots pressure, Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a mandate to license thousands, of new community stations nationwide. This bill marks the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S.