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FCC Will Move on AM Updates; NAB Pleased

Chairman Wheeler will propose changes to AM rules

The FCC’s AM revitalization initiative is about to get a push from the agency’s chairman.

NAB is pleased. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he will propose changes to the rules governing AM radio by circulating an item on AM revitalization. Reacting here at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, NAB EVP Communications Dennis Wharton said the broadcast lobby is “grateful.”

“AM broadcasters have uniquely served local communities for nearly 100 years. The time is ripe for the FCC to follow through on the tremendous efforts of Commissioners Clyburn and Pai so that AM broadcasters can continue to play a vital role in the fabric of our nation,” Wharton stated.

He said NAB looks forward to working with the chairman and commissioners to help ensure the item ultimately adopted “serves the American public in the best manner possible.”

We’ve reported AM broadcasters have been asking for relief for some time.