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Thursday, April 29, 1999

Here are some from Michigan. We're still awaiting the wording on two others which have passed. Over 40 more pending in Michigan alone.



City of Detroit

A Resolution to Urge the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) to Restore Approval for Low Power FM Radio Broadcasting By Council Member Mahaffey

WHEREAS, in 1978, the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) ended its licensing of low power radio stations (Class D broadcasting licenses to stations of less than 100 watts) reducing overall the number
of locally-based radio stations in service to local communities. Since that rule change, other factors such as increased consolidation within the radio broadcast market has contributed to a significant reduction in
the number of community responsive radio services; and

WHEREAS, Nationally, a grassroots movement has emerged for the purpose of advocating F.C.C. reinstatement of licensing of low power radio stations. Their efforts have resulted in a formal rule-making petition before the F.C.C., RM-9242, that would create opportunities for the return of locally owned and responsive FM radio stations for communities; and WHEREAS, Re-legalization of low power radio stations would serve to increase local media presence and ownership, promote small business development
and broadcast entrepreneurship, increase community choice and allow for communication services that are responsive to the needs of local communities;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Detroit City Council urges the Federal Communications Commission to restore approval for low power FM radio broadcasting. The Detroit City Council joins the Michigan Senate (SR234), the Michigan House of Representatives (HR379) and the many grassroots organizations in seeking F.C.C. adoption of petition FM-9242 to restore low power FM radio broadcasting;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to the Federal Communications
Commission, the entire Michigan Congressional Delegation and the City's lobbyist, Nancy Barbour.

Adopted as follows:
Yeas   Council Members Cleveland, K. Cockrel Jr., S. Cockrel, Everett, Hood, Mahaffey, Scott,  insley-Williams, and President Hill   9.
Nays   None.


City of Ferndale

Resolution Moved by Councilman Porter, seconded by Councilwoman Kulick, to adopt the
following resolution:

For many years, low power radio stations filled a unique niche in the communications needs of local communities. These operations, which used less than 100 watts of power, were licensed as Class D FM stations; and In 1978, the Federal Communications Commission made a policy decision to stop licensing low power radio stations. This decision was based on concerns that low power radio stations were a hindrance to the orderly development of FM radio and a potential impediment to the efficient operation of facilities serving greater numbers of people;

and In recent years, the rate of consolidation in the radio broadcast market has increased. As a result, far fewer locally based radio stations have programming that serves their communities. These concerns have prompted
many people to promote a change in FCC policies. A petition of rule-making, which proposes the reestablishment of low power FM broadcast services, is currently under consideration;

Allowing low power FM radio to return to the airwaves will achieve several worthwhile goals in communications options open to people in our country. These community radio services will increase the local presence
in the media, increase diversity of ownership, provide more choices to the public, offer new opportunities in business, and promote communications that better reflect the character and needs of our communities.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, Ferndale's elected officials, encourage the Federal  Communications Commission to restore approval for low power FM radio broadcasting.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Federal Communications Commission.

AYES: Council Members Porter, Paczkowski, Warshay, Kulick; Mayor Goedert.
NAYS: None.

Motion carried. I, Lee Ann O'Connor, Clerk of the City of Ferndale, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and compared copy of a Resolution duly made and passed by the Ferndale City Council at a meeting held January 25, 1999. Lee Ann O'Connor, City Clerk


City of Hazel Park

Michigan Music is World Class Campaign

On behalf of our Hazel Park Citizens, the Mayor and Council of the City of Hazel Park are in favor of the F.C.C. to re-legalize community radio and we support the adoption of RM-9242. We believe it can improve access
to our airwaves for all local residents without interfering with existing service. Radio is the most suitable of
any media outlet to provide community access. It is relatively inexpensive to produce and is well-suited to cover community issues and local music. We support this petition and believe we owe the public some access to the
airwaves they own. We hope the F.C.C. will consider RM-9242 favorable.

Yours truly, Ben Colley, Mayor Hazel Park


City of Hamtramck

Resolution In Support Of Community Radio

WHEREAS, "community radio" allows for a small geographic area, such as Hamtramck, to have its own voices on the air, including community-related discussions and locally produced music; and

WHEREAS, community radio has been illegal since the 1970s; and

WHEREAS, starting and operating a modern-day radio station is prohibitively expensive (hundreds of
thousands of dollars) for an individual or small business; however, the technology exists where a small radio station can be started and operated for only a few thousand dollars; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of community radio station have been operating over the past several years to support local musicians and local talent; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission is currently in the process of accepting public input on the re-legalization of community radio, Mass Media Bureau's Docket No.MM99-25; and WHEREAS, MM99-25 will not interfere with existing broadcasters, nor even reserve a portion of the broadcast spectrum for community service, but will simply allow community groups and business owners to apply for broadcast licenses, a right currently enjoyed by only the most wealthy and powerful groups in our society; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Music is World Class campaign is actively involved in creating an awareness of the great music being produced in our state; and

WHEREAS, it is the Campaign's belief that community radio will be a boon to local economies, including the local music industry, by creating a demand for locally produced music that will benefit musicians, artists,
manufacturers, record stores, music stores, and recording studios; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Music is World Class campaign recently gathered 3,000 letters in support of HR379 and SR234, resolutions in the Michigan House and Senate in favor of community radio; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Music is World Class campaign is asking cities and the State of Michigan to urge the FCC to re-legalize community radio via non-binding Council resolutions; and

WHEREAS, the cities of Detroit, Ferndale, and Hazel Park have already passed non-binding, City Council resolutions supporting the adoption by the Federal Communications Commission of MM99-25;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council of the City of Hamtramck go on record in support of community radio and urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt MM99-25; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to the Federal Communications
Commission, to the Honorable Representative Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, and to the Michigan Music is World Class Campaign. Adopted unanimously.


City of Ann Arbor

Resolution in Support of New Licenses for Low Power FM Community Radio

WHEREAS, the City of Ann Arbor is committed to the principles of free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, citizens of our community hold the broadcast airwaves to be public property and a public trust; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not made affordable, Low Power (<100
watts) FM broadcast frequencies available for community use since 1978 when regulatory changes eliminated Class D FM licenses for less than 100 watts of power; and

WHEREAS, the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has led to an unprecedented consolidation of broadcast industry ownership, and a marked decrease in both local and minority ownership of radio stations and origination of programming; and

WHEREAS, the rights of free speech and a free press are threatened when access to communications
media is concentrated in the hands of the few; and

WHEREAS, the Ann Arbor community has already demonstrated its commitment to local access through
its long-term and enthusiastic support for the local community access television, Community Television Network, and its local low power radio station, WCBN; and

WHEREAS, the FCC is now hearing public comment on a proposal to once again offer simple, affordable, commercial and non-commercial Low Power FM broadcast licenses(FCC's MM Docket No. 95-25); and

WHEREAS, commercial and non commercial radio stations operating under such a license could provide a community voice to individuals, musicians, artist, writers, activists, students, and points of view which are
presently economically barred from access to their own abovementioned airwaves; and

WHEREAS, issuance of said licenses would constitute a net benefit to the social, cultural, and political life of Ann Arbor and its citizens, and to communities across the state of Michigan and the U.S.;

Therefore be it Resolved, that the City of Ann Arbor supports the concept of Low Power radio stations, and urges the FCC to fulfill its mandate as guardian of a public resource, and to enact a licensing regulation to
grant affordable, simple, commercial and non-commercial broadcast licenses to citizens of this and other communities in this country;

And be it Further Resolved, that the City of Ann Arbor supports the efforts of those who endeavor to advocate such regulatory change, and to enrich the life of our diverse community through legally establishing commercial
and non-commercial public-access radio outlet;

And be if Finally Resolved, that copies of this resolution shall be sent to FCC Chairman William Kennard, to Michigan Senators Spencer Abraham and Carl Levin, Congresswoman Lynn Rivers, and to Ann Arbor's representatives in Lansing, with the request that they support the FCC's proposal to reintroduce Low
Power FM radio broadcasting to our country.

Submitted by Council Members Daley and Kolb March 1, 1999" Adopted March 3, 1999.


City of Howell

Resolution No. 99-07

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission (hereinafter referred to as "FCC") stopped issuing new Class D broadcasting licenses, which licenses were for operations with use of 100 watts of power or less on FM bands;

WHEREAS, the ban on the issuance of Class D broadcasting licenses has been in force and effect over the term of the last 20 years, in part to prevent the orderly development of FM radio and potential difficulties
to the efficient operation of those FM stations serving a greater number of people and with a considerably higher wattage;

WHEREAS, the concerns that were set out by the FCC in the past have not developed and as a result, a change in FCC policies has been requested by virtue of a movement to re-institute Class D licenses and/or community radio, otherwise known as low power FM radio service;

WHEREAS, the Howell City Council believes that the re-institution of low power FM radio service will be, in fact, a worthwhile public service providing diversity of ownership, public choice, business promotion and communications reflecting the needs and character of the community both in and  surrounding the City of Howell.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Howell City Council requests and encourages the FCC to restore approval for low power FM radio service and/or broadcasting pursuant to the current petition otherwise known as RM-9242, as amended through the rule-making process.

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that copes of this Resolution shall be transmitted immediately by the City Clerk to the FCC. Resolution passed this 29th Day of March, 1999 Paul F. Rogers, Mayor Rebecca J. Ruttan, Clerk

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