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When I first read this article I thought it was a dumb idea. But it does have some good things going for it. First of all is the creation of many low power community radio station frequencies in the new band. Imagine the new possibilities that would open for new local programming.
The authors of the proposal said themselves that it wasn’t perfect and certainly wouldn’t have immediate implementation but I am for expanding the availability of new broadcast stations. The FM band is overrun. AM is so noisy and quite honestly lacks interesting content anymore. Public comment and modifications could make the proposal even better.
As far as no receivers for the new band, that would change over the course of years. The cost of receivers would certainly come down and there would be a gradual transition. If programmers in the new band would create some new and interesting content (especially local) people would be willing to buy new radios.
My big concern is that new stations in the new band should reflect more diversity in ownership than the existing broadcast bands. So much radio today is merely canned music and talk satellite delivered to the transmitter. It’s cheaper for group owners. If the FCC used a point system to choose among applicants with favoritism towards locally owned, programmed and operated stations, much like the LPFM rules, the public would be the winner. In fact I am more in favor of not moving existing AMs and opening the new band to new stations only.