Snip from press release:
Houston Independent media organizers, who have been working in concert with local community organizations, relief groups, the Federal Communications Commission, a major electronics manufacturer, and the City of Houston, have been denied permission to build a 30-watt radio station inside the Astrodome by R.W. Royall Jr., Incident Commander of the JIC (Joint Information Committee) at the Astrodome.Link
Organizers at the Prometheus Radio Project, a not-for-profit organization that helps community groups broacast to their neighborhoods under 100-watt licenses, vowed to keep pushing for permission for this vital station, and for others like it.
After waiting over 5 days since the radio volunteers received official the official go-ahead from the FCC to build their station, a senior staffer for the Harris County administration of the Astrodome abruptly stamped 'Denied' on a piece of paper.
The organizers with Indymedia have gathered a full broadcast-ready radio station, hand-tested by professional engineers in Portland and Austin. They also have a license in hand from the FCC, as well as 2 seperate sources of over 10,000 radios. One of those sources is a donation from the Sony corporation.
Previously: LPFM station for Astrodome blocked
Update: Joel Johnson files a story for Wired News here, with details: Link
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