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Doyle: ‘It Was Just a Persistence Thing’

Says LPFM supporters on the Hill have 'bent over backwards' to accommodate broadcasters

“Finally it was just a persistence thing, that when it became so popular, that when there was no good argument for not doing this, slowly but surely — they still don’t like it — they agreed not to oppose it.”

That’s Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle, quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, talking about broadcasters’ opposition to expanded low-power FM radio.

The U.S. House has approved legislation to ease interference restrictions and thus allow more LPFMs access to the dial.

“They continue to cling to this idea that they’re concerned about interference,” Doyle was quoted saying of existing broadcasters. “We’ve bent over backwards to accommodate them.”

The paper quotes NAB’s Dennis Wharton saying he appreciates Doyle’s concessions on issues like strengthening reporting of interference but would like to see more protections in the Senate version of the bill.

Read the story.