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Emergency radio station for Portola Valley?

 

It's an idea: a radio station for broadcast in Portola Valley, particularly in the event of a major disaster such as an earthquake, Town Councilman Steve Toben suggested at the July 13 council meeting.

The Federal Communications Commission in 2000 set rules for people to apply for a low-power FM community radio station, and there were plenty of applicants nationwide, Todd Urick of the low-power FM advocacy group Common Frequency said in a phone interview. Common Frequency is based in Davis.

But the National Association of Broadcasters, alleging frequency interference with established radio stations, lobbied Congress for legislation that has stalled the program for years, Mr. Urick said.

A pending FCC rule would reopen community opportunities, he said.

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