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I have been thinking about the same thing, stvcmty.
Being here in a major metropolitan area it is becoming harder to find blank FM channels as more and more LPTV and translator transmitters have gone up on nearby tall towers.
In Elizabeth Town, North Carolina, The Legacy is even more seriously crowded off the band because so many large cities are clustered near each other.
But by contrast huge amounts of open space exist in the thousands of smaller cities and rural areas out in the countryside.
Unfortunately the government has a long tradition of treating everyone according to the lowest common denominator, because it’s less work for them.
If the FCC were more inclined to provide service to all people and not just rich ones, they would have tiers of power levels for small licensed and unlicensed stations, so that people in less populated areas could take better advantage of the frequency spectrum in their area.
Perhaps the future will bring changes as many of the stations now bleeding money will go out of business as radio becomes overshadowed by web media, opening spectrum to our benefit.