S.312 - Local Community Radio Act of 2005109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] (Introduced 02/08/2005)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||02/08/2005 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.|
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Summary: S.312 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (02/08/2005)
Local Community Radio Act of 2005 - Repeals provisions in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, that required the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to: (1) modify rules authorizing the operation of low-power FM radio stations to prescribe minimum distance separations for third-adjacent channels; (2) prohibit applicants who have engaged in the unlicensed operation of any station from obtaining a low-power FM license; and (3) conduct a program to test whether low-power FM radio stations will result in harmful interference to existing FM radio stations if minimum distance separations for third-adjacent channels are not required.
Requires the FCC to modify its rules to eliminate third-adjacent minimum distance separation requirements between specified stations.
Requires the FCC to retain rules that provide third-adjacent channel protection for full-power noncommercial FM stations that broadcast radio reading services via a subcarrier frequency from potential low-power FM station interference.
Requires the FCC when licensing FM translator stations to ensure: (1) that licenses are available to both FM translator stations and low-power FM stations; and (2) that such decisions are made based on the needs of the local community.