Applications due for Alaska low-power FM stations

Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Non-profit organizations in Alaska can apply for the first low-power FM radio licenses starting Tuesday. Deadline for the applications is June 5.

Alaska is one of ten states chosen by lottery for the initial low-power FM radio broadcasts, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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

The FCC is allowing two classes of low-power stations -- 10 watts and 100 watts.

The 100-watt stations will be licensed in this first round of applications, followed by 10-watt stations. The 100-watt stations will be audible about 3 1/2 miles from the transmitter. The 10-watt transmissions will go out one to two miles.

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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