Saturday, November 23, 2019

FCC Officially Proposes to Allow All-Digital on U.S. AM Band

Switchover would be optional by station; analog-only receivers would not hear those stations


The Federal Communications Commission likes the idea of giving U.S. stations on the AM band an option to turn off their analog transmissions and instead use only HD Radio. It recently said it would consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recommending that change. Now the commission has officially done so.

The vote was unanimous, though at least one commissioner expressed concerns over the details of technical standards.

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