In the midst of this fall's all-consuming fiscal cliff debate, the Federal Communications Commission is about to make a little-watched decision that could have a tremendous impact on the way people in the United States get news.
On Saturday, Congress passed legislation which opens up radio spectrum to independent radio stations. Anyone tracking the rise of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh understands the primary political significance of gaining access to spectrum.
The Local Community Radio Act would unleash the potential of new music for millions of listeners across the country. The bill tasks Washington with licensing thousands of Low Power FM radio stations (known in radio geekdom as LPFM).