Judge says radio station needs FCC license to broadcast

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A federal judge says Radio Free Brattleboro can never again broadcast unless the station gets a license from the Federal Communications Commission.

The former 10-watt radio station is not planning to appeal, which ends its fight to operate without a federal license.

The FCC ordered Radio Free Brattleboro off the air nearly three years ago after complaints that its signal interfered with a Massachusetts station.

In June of last year the FCC seized the station’s equipment.

The station’s advocates argued that the FCC’s position helped corporations and hurt small local stations.

A new low-power station, Brattleboro Community Radio, has applied for a 100-watt license to begin broadcasting later this year.

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