The Federal Communications Commission is asking the public to weigh in on a plan to expand the services offered by travelers information radio stations. The stations now typically broadcast traffic information – often near airports or major interchanges – and typically at the high end of the AM band. The FCC wants to expand what the stations broadcast to include weather reports, Amber alerts, and public health warnings. The stations would also get a power boost under the FCC proposal.
Many of the stations operate on solar-power or have battery back-up power systems that enable them to continue to provide broadcast information to travelers regionally during significant power outages.