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City of Gainesville, FL supports Micropower Radio!




CITY OF GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA SUPPORTS COMMUNITY MICRORADIO
APRIL 12, 1999

After a few months of behind the scenes lobbying with Gainesville, Florida
City Commissioners and one frusrating meeting where we successfully
persuaded the city attorney & commissioners to adopt particular wording in
support of priority to non-commerical stations and one-station per owner,
the Gainesville City Commission unanimously passed a resolution to support
the proposed FCC rules to allow low power FM broadcasting.

Here's the resolution:

A Resolution of the City Commission of the City of Gainesville, Florida,
supporting proposed FCC rules to allow low power FM broadcasting;
supporting a rule limiting multiple ownership by prohibiting any
individual or entity from owning more than one low power FM radio station;
supporting a rule granting priority to noncommercial, local applicants for
low power FM radio stations; and providing an immediate effective date.

WHEREAS, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1998
Biennial Review of broadcast ownership regulation, during recent years
there has been increasing ownership consolidation of radio station, and

WHEREAS, the consolidation has raised the cost of radio stations, making
it more difficult for an independent operator to enter the broadcast
industry; and

WHEREAS, the FCC has recognized a need for community-oriented radio
broadcasting, and to foster opportunities for new radio broadcast
ownership, and promote additional diversity in radio voices and program
services; and

WHEREAS, the FCC has issued a notice proposing to establish rules
authorizing the operation of new, low power FM radio stations to provide a
low-cost means of serving urban communities and neighborhoods;

NOW THEREFRE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA:

The City Commission supports the proposed changes to FCC rules that would
allow community-based low-power FM radio stations, in order to increase
broadcast diversity and expand opportunities for new entrants into radio
broadcasting.

The City Commission supports a rule limiting multiple ownership by
prohibiting any individual or entity from owning more than one low power
FM radio station.

The City Commission supports a rule granting priority to noncommercial,
local applicants for low powered radio stations.

[Passed unanimously April 12th, 1999 by Commissioners Pegeen Hanrahan,
Bruce Delaney, Sande Caulkins and Ed Jennings, Sr. (Paula DeLaney
absent).]

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Free Radio Gainesville, 94.7 FM
PO Box 15094
Gainesville, FL  32604
frg@afn.org
http://www.atlantic.net/~matthew/frg/



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