Archive | July, 2003

Live from PDX

I’m out of town this week, in lovely Portland, OR, after a 2.5 day trip on AMTRAK’s “Empire Builder” train.

I’ll be attending the Portland Zine Symposium this weekend, where I’m also sharing a table with Aj “Low Hug” Michel. Since I won’t have regular Internet access, posts will be light this week, and probably won’t include much media news, since you’ll probably hear about it before me. I’ll try to give a little space to PDX independent media, of which there’s a lot. But I am on vacation, which should mean a little less mediageekery than usual, except for the zine symposium.

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Congressionally Mandated Report on Low-Power FM Says It’s OK, No Interference (Duh)

It only took a Freedom of Information Act request and the subtle threat of filing suit to bring it to light, but the FCC finally released the Mitre report on low-power FM interference issues. The report was mandated by Congress as part of the Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000 which gutted the rollout of LPFM by requiring stations to obey the same spacing on the dial as full-power stations, thereby eliminating the potential for new LPFM stations in many of the nation’s largest urban areas.

Don Schellhardt of the Amherst Alliance spearheaded the movement to place pressure on the FCC to finally release the report (more than two years late), and he’s mobilizing people to press Congress into listening to the results: LPFM stations can be placed much closer to full-power stations than currently allowed without any substantial interference problems.

I interviewed Don on last Friday’s mediageek radio show, where he gives more details of the report, how it finally got released, and what action we can take to try and revitalize LPFM. You can listen to the show on-line:

  • Broadcast quality mp3 (64 kbps – 13 MB)
  • Low -bandwidth mp3 (16 kbps – 4 MB)
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  • For more on the Mitre Report, John Anderson at DIYmedia has a good write up with extensive links, including links to the full report.

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