Reservation Stations Can't Catch a Break from Congress
In an article for The Huffington Post, Craig Aaron explains the ongoing struggle to preserve low power FM radio, or LPFM. Low power stations cover very small geographic areas, often just a few square miles, and are an integral part of many local, often rural communities, some of them in Indian Country. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a strong lobby for commercial radio stations and the media companies that own them, has thwarted efforts to allow more LPFM stations to operate, citing the discredited idea that LPFM broadcasts interfere with commercial signals. A bill to open up the airwaves to these non-commercial stations has passed the House but keeps stalling in the Senate. Aaron points the finger at NAB head Gordon Smith.