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To: William Penard, F.C.C. Chairman, 202-418-1000, Federal Communications Commission, 445 - 12th Street, S.W., Washington D.C. 20554

From: Steve Mozena, 310-452-3007, mozena@mozena.com, www.etext.net

Date: June 7, 2000

Re: Low Power FM Radio - 100 (LPFM) for Venice Beach, CA., deadline June 8th.



I have electronically completed the application process online on the F.C.C. web site for a LPFM radio license, deadline June 8th. Unfortunately, when I submit the final longitude and latitude coordinates, the system says there are no frequencies available in my area. In fact, I contacted the F.C.C. and spoke to a F.C.C. representative, and he said there are no frequencies available in the entire Los Angeles County area.

Wasn't the reason for setting up the LPFM to help empower local communities with the ability to broadcast local issues like a small city or a neighborhood newspaper. Where I have lived now for 4 years, we have not only the local community, but also 250,000 tourists who pass along our 2- mile stretch of boardwalk every weekend. I'm sure you can squeeze another frequency in here along the California coastline.

I received my undergraduate degree in journalism, and let me tell you how utterly disappointed I have become with the F.C.C. The government has allowed the consolidations of the media by megamedia companies to the point local issues aren't broadcast.

On the one hand, you, the Federal Government, are breaking up Microsoft for controlling the software market, but, on the other hand, you're allowing the megamedia companies to control the dissemination of information.

In my Political Science 101 class years ago in college, we were taught that one of the first acts of a conquering force is to take over their media to regulate the flow of information, thus to spread the propaganda of the new regime. I so often hear on the local news stations that it's a slow news day. Baloney! We have 3.5 million people in the city of Los Angeles. It's never a slow news day, but lazy news stations prefer spouting off national news instead. We already have national news stations: Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, and Tom Brokaw. We want local news reporting.

In summation, I'd like help with the following items:

  • I'd like to obtain a license for a LPFM radio station in Venice Beach.
  • I'd like to see more local news reporting for TV and radio stations or revoke broadcast licenses
  • I'd like to implement new laws to reduce the megamedia monopolies on broadcast stations
  • Leave the Internet Broadcast alone.
  • In addition, put my name on the list for FCC Chairman with the new presidential administration in January.

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