Little noticed but extremely important, this December Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act.
This legislation opens up radio spectrum to hundreds, if not thousands, of local nonprofit independent radio stations (also known as LPFM).
Its passing will bring new choices and voices on the radio dial nationwide, but is especially relevant to a broadcast area reaching 160 million people who lived in areas where these stations had previously been barred from local airwaves.
On Tuesday FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave AT&T a decision that was gift-wrapped for the holiday season. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed a rule that, in the chairman’s words, “protects Internet freedom.”
As members of the Federal Communications Commission prepare for a vote on Net Neutrality next week, some of Congress’ most Internet-savvy members say the rule before the agency doesn’t fully safeguard consumers nor clear even the lowest bar for real Net Neutrality protections.
The nation’s largest telecom companies may be trying to gut Net Neutrality, but their investors – many of whom base their success (and ability to invest) on the open Internet – are not applauding the company line.
We’re running a marathon for the next two days, but this is not your normal 26.2 mile race. This marathon involves hauling at least 50,000 petitions to the Federal Communications Commission in support of real Net Neutrality every hour, on the hour until we’ve delivered all 2 million signatures.