Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




FCC Yanked High School Radio Station Broadcast Licenses

from the not-very-scholarly dept

Micromaster writes "While much of the tech world is focused on internet distribution for video, radio, and podcasts, the world of FM Radio is still alive and strong. So it makes sense to provide experience and learning at the Public School level to students as a way to learn broadcasting and communication skills while providing a public service. Many high schools have been on the air for years broadcasting local news, school information weather and other items of community interest. However, with limited frequencies available, large commercial and non-profit organizations are petitioning for and taking over frequencies used by these public school stations. The New York Times recently reported that in the past year alone at least 20 schools have had to fight off challenges to their licenses. One such station, WAVM-FM has been broadcasting since the early 1970's and has lost its license, pending appeal to the FCC, to the California-based religious group Living Proof Broadcasting." While, these days, it almost seems like students would be better off going with internet distribution anyway, it still seems extremely questionable to take away this high school's license.

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    Thomas, 16 Jan 2006 @ 6:40am

    The airwaves belong to the people

    Internet broadcasting is not yet a viable alternative to FM radio. While the bleeding edge of the early-adoption curve has the ability to listen to Internet streams on the go, the majority of the population doesn't. Having done some radio work in high school and college I think it's despicable that any non-profit student run station should lose it's license. Especially to a large non-profit based out of state. Just another in the long line of examples of how Bush's FCC favors big business over it's responsibilities to communities.

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