"...Last decade, in response to a Petition for Rulemaking by The Amherst Alliance, The LPAM Network and others, the commission opened Docket RM-11287. Public comments were sought, and received, on possible licensing of low-power AM stations. Ultimately, however, the petition was neither granted nor rejected...
...In summary, all of this unfinished business can probably be resolved within two years, or less, if the commission is motivated and supporters are vocal."
We do know our opponents are very vocal:
- No one under 40 can tune the AM radio still found in the majority of automobiles
- It is now impossible to buy an AM radio off the shelf of any general merchandise store
- Those who do tune the AM band find an ever-repeating wasteland of dreck
Don Schellardt offers a variety of interesting reading on the topic, including his comments on commercial low power services
Will our venerable AM band find new life in a diverse, low power commercial environment or will it be "saved" by the likes of the NAB and turned into garbage? The answer might be up to us!