A sixpack of Senators, five Democrats and John McCain (R-AZ), have submitted the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 into the Senate. The goal of the legislation is to increase the number of LPFMs in the US, partly by eliminating 3rd adjacent channel protection for full power FM stations, a policy which the NAB has stiffly resisted. The other Senators behind the bill include Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Russ Feingold (D-WI). Companion legislation has already been introduced in the House.
RBR/TVBR observation: LPFM is a good old-fashioned power-to-the-people concept that naturally appeals to the populist side of most Democrats, and the fact that it also attracts a certain amount of Republican support these days really makes us wonder how much longer opponents can keep it away from the President’s bill-signing pen.