Radio bill heads to Senate

A bill sponsored by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) aimed at letting more low-power, community radio stations crop up around the country, has passed the House.

NAB would like some tweaks before the bill reaches the Senate. NAB is mostly concerned about potential interference to full-power radio stations, and it wants guaranteed interference protection for the two closest incumbent radio stations operating on nearby airwaves. NAB would also like to clarify language to identify full-power FM stations as primary services and low-power FM as secondary services.

As the name suggests, low-power stations have weaker signals and smaller coverage areas. But Doyle and Terry say it will let more voices be heard on the radio.