Fw: Important Issue!!! Oppose H.R. 3439 (fwd)/Low-Power Radio

Michael Pugliese debsian at SPAMpacbell.net
Mon Jan 31 11:28:18 MST 2000




----- Original Message -----
From: Sharon Vance <svance at ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
To: <debsian at pacbell.net>
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2000 9:05 AM
Subject: Important Issue!!! Oppose H.R. 3439 (fwd)


> Hi Mike,
> Can you forward this to the varios rad lists you are on, and try to find a
> way to get it thru the rad-hist censors (probably by deleting that last
> statement first ;)
> priority: High!
> Sharon
>
>  According to Sharon Vance:
> > From shvance at pobox.upenn.edu  Mon Jan 31 09:12:31 2000
> > From: Sharon Vance <shvance at pobox.upenn.edu>
> > Message-Id: <200001311414.JAA16878 at pobox.upenn.edu>
> > Subject: Important Issue!!!   Oppose H.R. 3439 (fwd)
> > To: svance at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
> > Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 09:14:46 -0500 (EST)
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> > Forwarded message:
> > >From JWFoster97 at aol.com  Sun Jan 30 10:24:07 2000
> > From: JWFoster97 at aol.com
> > Message-ID: <2d.9d2d20.25c5b174 at aol.com>
> > Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 10:23:32 EST
> > Subject: Important Issue!!!   Oppose H.R. 3439
> > To: shvance at pobox.upenn.edu
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> > Dear Ms. Vance,
> >
> >    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a low power FM
radio
> > service on January 20th, 2000.  This new FM service will allow community
> > based organizations and groups to license low power 100 and 10 watt
radio
> > stations in their community.
> >    This new FM service was endorsed and supported by the AFL-CIO, CWA,
IUE
> > and other labor organizations. Unions can use this new service for many
> > useful purposes such as organizing and providing important information
to
> > their community.
> >    Mike Oxley, Congressman from Ohio, has introduced H.R. 3439, "The
Radio
> > Preservation Act Of 1999".  This bill would repeal and kill this new FM
radio
> > service.
> > This bill is very important to me and should be to members of the labor
> > community.  Please let everyone know that they should make every effort
to
> > oppose and defeat this bill by contacting their representatives in
Congress
> > immediately.
> >    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Jim Foster
> > Member, UAW 249
> > Kansas City, Missouri
> > jwfoster97 at aol.com
> >
> >
> > SAMPLE LETTER TO MEMBER OF CONGRESS
> >
> > January 28, 2000
> >
> > Dear Representative/Senator,
> >
> >      H.R. 3439, titled the "Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of
1999", was
> > introduced on November 17, 1999 by Representative Michael Oxley. The
stated
> > purpose of this bill is "To prohibit the Federal Communications
Commission
> > from
> > establishing rules authorizing the operation of new, low power FM radio
> > stations".
> >
> >    The Rep. Oxley bill is a serious betrayal of the public trust. For
over a
> > year, the FCC has been conducting a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
[NPRM]
> > regarding the proposed establishment of these new stations. This NPRM
was
> > initiated in response to a significant national movement advocating new
> > classes
> > of FM stations in response to extensive radio media consolidation and
loss of
> > radio media localism in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
> > Proposals for the initial NPRM have been distilled and published by the
> > Commission and two iterations of comments from literally hundreds of
> > participants are presently on file.
> >
> >    Mr. Oxley now seeks to circumvent the FCCs statutory rulemaking with
> > special
> > interest legislation. H.R. 3439 was introduced at the behest of the
National
> > Association of Broadcasters [NAB]. This group claims new LPFM stations
are
> > technically incompatible with existing FM stations and with the proposed
> > In-Band On-Carrier [IBOC] digital transmission standard. These arguments
have
> > been refuted in comparative studies and in a published system evaluation
by
> > IBOC developer USADR itself. In any event, such technical matters must
be
> > scrutinized and ruled on by the FCC, where the relevant expertise
resides, and
> > not by congressional fiat.
> >
> >    It appears that the NAB pressured Rep. Oxley into introducing this
> > special-interest legislation because established radio broadcasters fear
the
> > potential for added competition. Although Mr. Oxley has long been a
champion
> > of
> > selective deregulation and has often adopted the NABs peculiar
interpretation
> > of public-interest standards (such as allowing majority foreign
ownership of
> > U.S. broadcast media), this legislation is so contrary to the public
interest
> > that it defies rational explanation.
> >
> > I would therefore greatly appreciate it if your office would seek an
immediate
> > and thorough explanation from Mr. Oxley regarding the public-interest
aspects
> > of his anti-LPFM legislation and his rationale for preempting the FCCs
> > rulemaking process.
> >
> >    I also strongly urge you to request that Representative Oxley
withdraw his
> > ill-considered legislation and, should the legislation not be withdrawn,
my
> > sincere request is that you actively oppose this legislation on the
grounds
> > that it seeks to circumvent the statutory rule-making authority of the
Federal
> > Communications Commission.
> >
> >    Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from
you
> > regarding your position on this matter.
> >
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Your name and address
> > phone
> > email
> >
> > cc: Telecommunications LA
> >
> >
>








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