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Feature: FCC Legalizes FM
How They Voted: Harold Furchtgott-Roth

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Listen to Furchtgott-Roth's Statement on LPFM (Real Audio, 15:03)

"It is entirely irresponsible...(it will) harm the American listening public while producing very little in the way of countervailing benefits.  This entire proceeding has been marked by a rush to judgment...(it does) not reflect the care that this agency has required for the introduction of new services."

"Around the world today, groups - legitimate and illegitimate - have web sites on the Internet, they're producing video and audio programming over the Internet."

"There are the public perception of the quality of FM radio as a media service.  Where will listeners go if there's more interference? To other alternatives."

"Pirate radio operators are out there.  But these folks are not people who have been turned down for licenses by the Commission.  I don't have any expectation that this proceeding will lead to the diminution of the pirate problem that we have today."

"I think this agency may potentially have a difficult time in explaining why someone operating at a hundred and one wants is subjected to one set of rules, while someone operating at a hundred watts is subjected to an entirely different set of rules."

"In short, the Commission has abandoned our spectrum management policy - we will have more interference, we will have less efficient use of the spectrum, and who will lose? Radio listeners and the American public will lose."

"I fear, at the end of the day, a lot of expectations have been raised-a lot of expectations that will not be met."

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