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NPR, AAIS Not Happy With LPFM Changes;

NPR, AAIS Not Happy With LPFM Changes;

National Public Radio and the International Association of Audio Information Services say the FCC’s efforts to prevent interference from new LPFMs to FM translators and SCA receivers, which receive audio for reading services for the blind, do not go far enough. Although the commission has developed a better process for resolving interference complaints about LPFM, the recent changes to its LPFM rules “does not guarantee that radio reading services will remain protected from interference, not does it adequately safeguard translator stations,” said NPR President/CEO Kevin Klose and AAIS President Ben Martin.
They said their organizations would continue to support Senate bill S-3020, which would authorize LPFMs, but also keep all current channel protections.
FCC Chairman Bill Kennard was “profoundly disappointed” with NPR and AAIS’ stance and called it a “sad day when National Public Radio advocates a policy that would deny the public new radio service.”
Leslie Stimson