Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick

Yay for LPFM.

The big media companies absolutely loathe low-power FM radio. By giving smaller communities a chance to have commercial-free, non-top-40 crap radio, LPFM is bad, bad news for those who wish to monopolize our airwaves, annoy us with advertisements, and endlessly replay whatever manufactured teeny-bop pop "artist" they're pushing this week.

Monk didn't want to be a pirate.

But when Congress nixed his radio license, he ran up the black flag.

Monk runs 95.3 FM KBFR, an illegal, low-power radio station that broadcasts music, talk and political debate across Boulder.


(Link courtesy of Mike.)

The new anti-LPFM legislation has killed hundreds of stations because of false third adjacent channel interference issues. The NAB conjured up fraudulent fears of interference to high power stations 3 channels away, thus limiting the amount of free space on the band for new low power stations. Besides the third adjacent issue, the legislation also asks for unnecessary testing in order to delay stations from going on the air even when the FCC had conducted it's own tests for years prior to approving the new service.

Take this example: Picture the FM radio spectrum band as a long parking lot, where each parking space represents a frequency. Lets say that LPFM applicants are little foot powered scooters. They can get you around your immediate area, but there is a limit to how far you can pedal. The big corporate broadcasters are like large tractor trailer trucks. These trucks are high powered money making machines that carry their loads cross country. The FCC says that LPFM has to have two spaces between it and other parked stations. The NAB and NPR want to have three parking places on either side of their stations limiting the number of parking places available for LPFM. They also want to conduct testing of the new LPFM parking places before allowing LPFM's to park.

Corporate broadcasters feel that the LPFM scooter must park at least 3 spaces (channels) away from the NAB/NPR Big Rig at all times. Unfortunately in some largely populated areas, there is no open spaces available for LPFM, and in some areas the NAB and NPR are double parking their trucks taking up otherwise usable frequency spectrum.

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