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The Amateur Radio Parity Act would allow hams to hang antennae, but the homeowners' lobby probably won't let it pass.
Produced for Jan. 15, 2016, but can air a few days later.
On Jan. 12 the U.S. House Communications and Technology Committee considered the Amateur Radio Parity Act 2015, the first time the committee has moved it along. A similar bill that would supersede local private land use restrictions and regulations from applying to amateur service communications died in previous Congressional sessions. This time 117 representatives have co-sponsored the bill. But during the Jan. 12 hearing, it was clear the bill is a battle between the weak amateur radio lobby and the more powerful homeowners lobby. Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) expressed her skepticism about the bill. Click here to hear an excerpt of what Eschoo said Jan. 12 at the House Communications and Technology Committee hearing.
Congress considers Amateur Radio Parity Act for Jan. 15, 2016
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Produced at Wave Farm/WGXC in the Hudson Valley, New York.