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You have some great points. But I blame the lack of frequencies for community broadcasters on the FCC and religious organizations wanting to create a national network of translator stations. Even though we are about 70 miles from a city of 200,000 and about 150 miles from a major city every single available non-commercial fm frequency is taken. In our case there are two out of state religious broadcasters each of which “had” to have a translator in every town in the area. Do they provide local programming? No. Do they have a physical presence other than a satellite receiver and transmitter? No. These are broadcasters who give nothing back to the community. I feel they violated the intent of translator station licensing. Worse still they’re after LPFM licenses now and have even proposed to the FCC that their “translators” should have priority over true local community broadcasters. Supposedly the FCC is planning to open a window for non-commercial FM licenses shortly. Good luck finding a frequency.
This is not a rant against religious broadcasting. I think that satellite delivered programming on these stations using so many frequencies is a waste. And personally I feel that their motives for such are a little less than true religious enlightenment.