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Moira Vahey, Free Press, (202) 265-1490 x31

Low Power Radio Advances in Congress

House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Local Community Radio Act


The House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted unanimously on
Thursday to pass the Local Community Radio Act (HR 1147). The
legislation, introduced by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) and Lee Terry
(R-Neb.), would open the public airwaves to hundreds of new Low Power
FM radio stations in communities across the country. The bill has
strong bipartisan support and more than 80 co-sponsors in the House.
The bill now moves to the full House.

Craig Aaron, senior program director of Free Press, made the following statement:

"Today's vote is a major victory for radio listeners looking for
local voices on the air, a testament to the power of bipartisan
cooperation, and a tribute to the tireless advocacy of groups like the
Prometheus Radio Project and its allies. Low Power FM stations will put
community news, independent music and fresh perspectives back on the
radio dial. Today's vote is the furthest this bill has gotten in the
House -- and the finish line is finally in sight. We commend Chairman
Waxman and Reps. Doyle and Terry for their leadership on this issue and
their unwavering support for LPFM. The full Congress should move as
quickly as possible to pass this important and long overdue

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