The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 3439, as reported
by the Commerce Committee, which would restrict the ability of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to license community-oriented,
non-commercial, low-power FM radio service.
The Administration supports efforts to create a new class of microradio
licenses that allow nonprofit groups like schools and churches to reach
their local communities over the airwaves. These new stations, at just a
fraction of the power of commercial broadcasters, could provide a voice for
the voiceless, thereby contributing to improved community ties and
information. At a time of increased concern about diversity in
broadcasting and broadcast ownership, it is important to make sure that
access to the airwaves is facilitated.
The Administration is extremely mindful of the concerns expressed about
potential interference to existing FM radio stations. The Administration
is confident, however, that any interference issues will be promptly and
fairly resolved by the FCC, which has decades-long experience in dealing
with FM radio issues.