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For immediate release
June 8, 2000
Siriol Evans

NPR Statement Low Power FM

National Public Radio® (NPR®) President and CEO Kevin Klose issued the following statement today -

NPR and its member stations reiterate their strong support for the Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000 (H.R. 3439), a bipartisan, compromise bill that seeks to remedy inadequacies contained in the Low Power FM (LPFM) ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This legislation provides a carefully balanced approach that seeks to restore key technical standards protecting against interference while allowing immediate LPFM licensing. Almost two months ago, the House passed this bill by an overwhelming 274-110 vote. NPR urges the Senate to consider this important legislation.

NPR continues to believe that public radio and LPFM can co-exist as compatible, complementary radio services in the future. Our member stations are licensed to communities (including several Native American tribes), local school boards and universities. In its rush to create LPFM, the FCC dropped long-standing technical safeguards designed to protect these existing community-based, public radio stations.

NPR has repeatedly asked the FCC to resolve interference issues that would adversely affect our member stations and the radio reading services for the blind that they provide. However, the FCC has yet to address NPR's Petition for Reconsideration and Motion for Stay, which were filed in March. Moreover, the FCC opened its application filing window last week and even extended the window beyond its prescribed five-day period. Given these circumstances, NPR has concluded that the haste with which the FCC has implemented its LPFM process does not serve the public interest.