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An NAB for Part 15?
Why can’t Part 15 stations get together and form our own kind of NAB? Then we would have a voice. I would be willing to join such a group, as long as it’s active in protecting what little rights we have, and helping us gain more rights. We need something like this to keep Part 15 not only alive but to thrive. If the NAB has it’s way, you wouldn’t even have access to internet streaming, let alone your tiny Part 15 station. Can’t we get together to stand up to this?
AM 1690 WOQ/Omaha’s FUN Station
The reality of standing up to the political clout of the NAB is this: “money talks and ‘*******’ walks.” Not only would it take a large and growing group of microbroadcasters to agree to join together in consensus, but it would also require a membership willing to provide the cash to get the job done on Capitol Hill. How much are you willing to contribute on a regular/annual basis to hire a professional lobbyist? Ultimately, the FCC will not make new regualtions doing away with Part 15 devices with their support of Broadband Power Line (BPL) and other projects underway by the feds. They will wait for a sense of the Congress before they step off that cliff.
The LPFM’ers after decades of beating their collective heads against the stone-wall of the FCC, finally created the Prometheus Project and others to get Congress to create a community FM service. The same folks just had Congress pass a law to do away with the LPFM 3rd adjacent channel protection for licensed broadcasters. Licensed translators weren’t even required to be under the same stringent technical regulation.
Please remember the three most important words in agency politics: justify, justify, justify. This is the exact reason for the submission of the report from the NAB. After gaining the attention of the FCC over converting broadcasting to digital, licensed broadcasters will now go on the offensive to protect their turf. The NAB loss in the House and Senate over the 3rd adjacent channel rule for LPFM should indicate to everyone who will listen to us and who won’t.
Right now, find out who your Congressmen and Senators are and begin a flurry of well written letters to them and their staff members explaining the realities of public oriented broadcasting in our communities and how microbroadcasting fills in the blanks. Be substantive, be positive and offer future help when the time comes to make a decision on Part 15 broadcasting.
A national association will require consensus, money and a gathering of the flock of Part 15 believers in D.C. to demonstrate solidarity on the cogent issues facing all of us. And finally, it will require individuals willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Is that you?
Marshall Johnson, Sr.
Senior Pastor, President
Rhema Christian Fellowship, Inc.
Rhema Radio – The Word In Worship
AM 1660 – FM 101.3
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