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Upton Opposes McCain on LPFM

Upton Opposes McCain on LPFM

New House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., will oppose any legislation that relaxes interference protection in order to allow more LPFM stations on the air.
His fellow Republican, Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, has introduced a bill to do just that.
Upton shared his legislative agenda with attendees at the NAB State Leadership Conference on Monday.
Switching to TV, Upton said broadcasters face enough burdens in their digital transition, and he will oppose any fees on broadcasters who keep their analog channels past a certain date. Such a proposal is now included in the Bush administration’s budget plans.
Of the so-called squatter’s fee, Upton it’s just “piling on.” His panel will begin hearings on the DTV transition later this week.