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Feature: FCC Legalizes FM
How They Voted: William Kennard

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Listen to Kennard's Statement on LPFM (Real Audio, 8:07)

"I talked to a lot of people around the country and it became very clear to me that there was a lot of frustration...a lot of people wanted access to the airwaves, they had messages, they wanted to connect with their communities using the public's airwaves - and they didn't have the opportunity to do so."

"It was a huge cross section of America.  People from all walks of life, all sorts of different interests, churches, community groups, people in law enforcement, local governments...and all of these people wanted access to the airwaves."

"This new service can serve as a forum for discussion of ideas and issues relevant to local communities.  Some folks want to use low-power FM stations to provide job training opportunities for young people seeking careers in broadcasting ... some want to emphasize cultural learning ... others just want an outlet for expression for music and ideas that aren't often heard in radio today."

"Every day it seems like we read about more and more consolidation in the the broadcast area ...what low-power FM radio will do is create an important new outlet and spark a whole new outlet for creativity and new ideas and new music that we don't often hear on the radio."

"I fundamentally do not think that it's the business of the FCC to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.  We should empower consumers to make those choices, to decide what they want to hear, what they don't want to hear."

"I'm skeptical when concerns like administrative expense and convenience are invoked to justify the exclusion of new competitors and new services from the marketplace.  That's like saying that were not going to issue any more drivers licenses because there are too many speeders on the road - it just doesn't make sense."

"I suspect that low-power FM has been subjected to as much testing and analysis and engineering as any broadcasting service that we've ever looked at.  Remember, low-power FM is the FM service - something we know a lot about and we've studied extensively for many, many years."

"Some of the studies cited in opposition to a low power FM service start with the premise that most existing FM radios do not provide adequate reception even today...and that we reject reception standards that over one-half billion radio sets now in use implicitly endorse."

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