Alan Fried

Fried’s case began in 1996 when he found a vacant space on the broadcast spectrum and started broadcasting an extremely popular, but unlicensed, Minneapolis dance music station called The BEAT. It broadcast at approximately 20 watts and spanned about six miles in radius. The BEAT’s low-power signal created no interference with any other station. But in August 1996, the FCC sent a letter to Fried demanding that he stop broadcasting because he did not have a license.

  • March 30, 1998    |   First Amendment

    What does a North Dakota farmer have in common with a political radical in Berkeley, a gospel radio station owner in Hartford, and Hispanic community activists in Cleveland? They all have become outlaws at the hands of the Federal Communications Commission’s misguided campaign to eliminate low-power radio. Roy Neset, a North Dakota farmer wanted to…

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