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Blind Join Reading Services On LPFM

Blind Join Reading Services On LPFM

The American Council of the Blind has joined the International Association of Audio Information Services in supporting S-3020, which would allow LPFM stations to be allocated, but retains current channel protections.
“ACB sees merit on both sides of the debate over Low Power FM Services, however, the needs of blind citizens cannot be set aside for the potential good of a new program,” said ACB President Charles Crawford.
ACB supports further testing and slower implementation of LPFM.
Earlier this week, FCC Chairman William Kennard was disappointed that NPR cited concern for the blind radio services as one of the reasons the network opposes the FCC’s LPFM plans. Kennard said reading services for the blind would be protected, while ACB and IAAIS say they won’t.
Laura Dely and Leslie Stimson