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Micropower Council of War Holds Organizing Meeting
by IMC
Saturday Sep 23rd, 2000 3:51 PM
A preliminary report on the Micropower Council of War meeting on 9/23, at the New Colege in SF.
Today, 9/23, the Micropower Council of War met and affirmed to continue under the organizational umbrella of Micropower Action Group, and to reaffirm the 6-part platform that was adopted at the first meeting in May.

This platform includes: outreach to raise awareness of micropower broadcasting and free speech, encourage setting up of as many micropower stations as possible, organize regional training and technical support centers, contest licenses of existing and new broadcast stations, target action against top advertising clients of local broadcast stations, protest the NAB.

The MAG called for a "National Micropower Turn On" on the date of the issuance of the LPFM ruling of the FCC. As many micropower stations as possible are to take to the airwaves and broadcast a simultaneous web-feed, creating a national network.

A document of demands was issued, consistent with the principle that the right to communicate is a human right, and that the interference by any entity, government, corporate, or otherwise, is untenable. The demands include (draft):

- amnesty for previous micropower broadcasters

- that the current FM band remain digital-free

- end the ban on 2nd-cahnnel spacing in LPFM

- reduce ownership caps to pre-’96 levels

- prohibit broadcasters or the FCC from selling spectrum space

- free airtime for all political candidates

- end the relationship that allows broadcasters to fulfill certain obligations by broadcasting messages or programs that promote a particular viewpoint of the government (for example, drug-war messages) ["Separation of Media and State"]

- end to US government-sponsored broadcasts against Cuba

- recognize the sovereign right of native peoples to freely broadcast on their own lands without government sanction or control

A posting of the full demands will come later, and the full document will be presented at the IMC Summit tomorrow at New College. (9/23 at 777 Valencia, SF)

In addition to the above, the group discussed upcoming plans for micropower television, strategies for operations and start-up, and problems of stations on native american reservations. The new FCC ruling was discussed, and the fact that the disingenuous "3d adjacent channel" rule would allow no micropower stations nearer the East Bay than Santa Rosa (far to the north). It was suggested that a portion of the spectrum should be designated as an LPFM band (e.g., 85-88 MHz, which would be receivable on certain Japanese-manufactured FM receivers). TV channel 6 was also mentioned as a possibility.
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