P.O. Box 3818 -
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA 93403
American Civil Liberties Union of San Luis Obispo County
A - C - L - U
April 28, 1999
William Kennard, Chairman
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20554
Dear Commissioner Kennard:
The Executive Board of the ACLU Chapter
of San Luis Obispo County
applauds your efforts to provide citizens with opportunities to exercise
their First Amendment rights through the issuing of low-power radio
A right, which we assumed citizens
already had, because the airways belong
to the people. The dominance of the airwaves by commercial interests does
not further democracy, which makes them the real "pirates."
Locally, two low-power radio stations,
which had been providing citizens
with a valuable voice, were forced to shut down because of the threats
from the FCC. This is intolerable in a democratic government.
Please allow citizens to serve their
communities with alternative voices,
which can only promote democracy and will help to restore faith in
government---a government which, according to the Preamble to the
Constitution, and the Constitution itself, belongs to the people.