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Dutch Government Slow to Make Radio License Decision

Commercial radio licenses set to expire in Aug. 2017

The Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry was not able to meet the June 23 deadline to provide parliament with plans for the expiring radio licenses, according to Telecompaper.

Currently, commercial radio licenses for FM, AM and DAB+ are set to expire at the end of Aug. 2017; the government needs to determine whether it will extend these licenses or hold a new auction for redistribution. Part of the decision will depend on the pick-up of digital radio services.

The Economic Affairs Ministry says it intends to have more information before parliament goes on summer recess, which will begin July 3 and run through the end of August.