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We Interrupt Your Normal Show to Bring You an Important Message from Michael Powell and the FCC: "Go to Hell, Americans!"
Driving long distances in the Washington, D.C. area has one advantage--C-Span radio is good company. I am unsure as to how its signal will be affected by the FCC handover of the airwaves to media wolves today, but C-Span served me well yesterday. For I was able to listen to all the FCC commissioners speak in defense of their votes to loosen media ownership rules.

No Surrender, No Retreat!

FCC! We don't need your stinkin' permission to broadcast!

There will soon come a time when it will be hard to find a commercial radio station on the airwaves. This will be a time when radio stations can play anything they like and say whatever they like. These stations won't care about ratings, demographics, marketing, or focus groups. They won't be owned in groups of 100 by huge corporations. This era has just begun. The beginning of this era is being brought to you by Pirate Radio!

Anarchists and many others feel that governments DON'T have the right to regulate the airwaves. Governments argue that regulation is necessary to prevent chaos on the airwaves. We don't want chaos on the airwaves, but we feel that ordinary people, through global cooperation, are the best people to decide things about the airwaves. The current system awards "official access" to the airwaves only to those with money. This has to stop and it will. The airwaves belong to all of us!


NAB Protest in Washington DC

April 14, 2000 -- Micro-radio protesters try to present "Bad Neighbor Award" to NAB president outside NAB headquarters because of NAB's efforts to thwart legal micro-radio. Late-breaking news: Congress voted against legal micro-radio after report was filed. April 13, 2000.

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Beat Radio, the FCC, and you!

"Our fight for the implementation of low-power FM has succeeded; but we're still in Federal Court with the FCC over the issue of the agency's historic refusal to license low-power FM stations of under 100 watts and its action against Beat Radio in November, 1996. (go to Beat Radio Press for the complete story of Beat Radio and Beat Radio News & Issues for the latest status report)." More...

infoshop.org feature of the month

Micropower Broadcasting Council of War - May 27

April 24, 2000 - In response to the National Association of Broadcasters open declaration of war on the micropower broadcasting movement, community radio, and Free Speech, a national gathering of micropower broadcasters, media activists, and supporters will convene in Berkeley, California on Saturday, May 27. Our goal is to plan and create a national campaign for the liberation of the broadcast airwaves from the corporate media stranglehold on the free flow of news, information, artistic expression, and cultural diversity. Not only will we increase our efforts in FM broadcasting, we will expand them to include micropower AM and TV broadcasting as well. You are cordially invited to attend this very important meeting. More...

Reclaiming Mobilization Radio

April 17, 2000 - Mobilization Radio, which had been disseminating information thruout the past week about the activities of the IMF/World Bank actions as they have happened, raided by the DC police, the FBI and at least one official from the FCC. The enforcement squad arrived at about 3:30, without a warrant, and ordered the station closed. A standoff ensued for about two hours, during which time the authorities refused to make any comment or even to explain why they were there. They blocked traffic on the entire road and restricted access for any non-residents into the alleged broadcast building or any of several adjacent buildings on either side. More...

Free Radio Austin Rejects FCC License

2/10/2000 - The Free Radio Austin Programmer's Collective has voted by overwhelming consensus to reject the current Low-Power FM licensing scheme adopted by the FCC in their official Report and Order. The FCC's LPFM licensing fails to meet the standards set forth in Free Radio Austin's Mission Statement, and does not live up to our Mandate from the Public. We question the FCC's "truthfulness and reliability" in creating an adequate licensing policy that will meet the needs of local communities. More...


FCC ruling won't affect low-power radio pioneer

The Federal Communications Commission may be ready to sanction micro-power radio stations, but the Springfield man regarded as the father of the movement apparently isn't interested.

Mbanna Kantako, who has operated the low-power station now known as Human Rights Radio 106.5 FM since 1987, will not seek a license for his station, and he is still under orders from the FCC to shut it down, an associate of Kantako said.

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Focusing on the real issues: Stephen Dunifer

As you all know I have some major reservations and concern about engaging the FCC on their terms. While we attempt to create widespread response and support for micropower broadcasting, directing it toward the FCC during the comment period, we must not lose our focus. An exceptional opportunity exists now for a masssive outreach and education campaign. Terms of debate and engagement must go beyond the rulemaking process. As a movement we need to frame the arguments around the concept of the airwaves being a public trust and resource and clearly defined First Amendment Rights. More...

Last updated: December 27, 2004