Alaska to help introduce low-power FM radio

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska is one of ten states that have been chosen to help inaugurate low-power FM radio broadcasts, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

The new service will allow noncommercial groups, such as schools, churches and municipalities, to broadcast at power of less than 100 watts. The new service will not interfere with current FM stations.

The FCC is allowing two classes of low-power stations -- 10 watts and 100 watts. The 10-watt stations will reach an area within a radius of one to two miles. The 100-watt stations will be audible about 3 1/2 miles from the transmitter. The 100-watt stations will be authorized first.

Other states in the first group are California, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, as well as the District of Columbia and the Mariana Islands.

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