Prometheus Radio Project

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The Prometheus Radio Project is "a collective of radio activists." It is "not a membership organization, or a federation, or a coalition or anything," but, rather, describes itself as "just a group of people who have started a small non-profit organization committed to creating the best opportunities possible for the public" to receive Low Power FM (LPFM) service. [1]

About Prometheus

"The Prometheus Radio Project draws its name from the mythological Greek character who stole fire from the gods in order to share it with humans. We are a not-for-profit association dedicated to the democratization of the airwaves through the proliferation of non-commercial, community based, micropower radio stations. It is our belief that access to communications for all citizens is at the heart of a democratic society." [2]

Staff

Prometheus International

"Prometheus will serve as a volunteer matching agency between community radio projects around the world and volunteers (probably mostly form the US at first). Prometheus may also take paid building and training projects from agencies that can afford to pay for our services." Prometheus will "apply for foundation funding to sustain the administration of the volunteer matching, and for us to train international radio volunteers."

Contact

Prometheus Radio Project
P.O. Box 42158
Philadelphia PA 19101
info@prometheusradio.org
(215)727-9620
URL: http://www.prometheusradio.org/


Prometheus Radio Project v Federal Communications Commission


January 10, 1999, New York Times: "The Prometheus Radio Project was founded a few months ago by four young people in New York and Philadelphia who oppose corporate ownership of communications media.

"Other media activists, as they call themselves, said Prometheus was the first group to devote itself fully to offering legal, technical and organizational advice to anyone interested in operating a nonprofit, low-power community radio station. Low-power stations violate F.C.C. rules, but Prometheus was founded because it looks like the Federal policy could change.

"'The ban on microradio may be lifted,' [Greg Ruggiero, a Prometheus member] said. 'The point of prometheus is to prepare people for that moment.'"

"Prometheus has no financing, no offices and no membership aside from its four founders, but the group is already taking action. It has planned a six-week tour of the East Coast, advising community groups that want to start radio stations, and a Web site, scheduled to go on line today, that will eventually offer news and information related to microradio."


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