The Federal Communications Commission expects to take the final steps in processing 6,000 pending FM translator licenses this Friday, which will then open the process for local groups to apply for low-power FM stations.
The new translator licenses probably mean the lower end of the FM band will get more clogged with rebroadcasts of preachers. But the FCC said new low-power FM licenses will result in an expansion “of truly local voices” in the media landscape under the Local Community Radio Act signed by President Obama in December 2011.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.