HD-R Needs Regulatory Flexibility, Not Extra Public Interest Obligations, NAB Argues - Radio World

HD-R Needs Regulatory Flexibility, Not Extra Public Interest Obligations, NAB Argues

NAB says the business of HD Radio should be allowed to grow without artificial government constraints.
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NAB says the business of HD Radio should be allowed to grow without artificial government constraints.

The FCC is considering additional public interest obligations for digital channels and a cap on subscription multicast streams. In recent comments filed to the FCC, the trade group agrees with the commission’s recent ruling that requires digital radio stations to maintain at least one free digital channel; but beyond that stations should be free to develop digital radio in new ways, including potential subscription services, NAB says.

The FCC has also asked whether additional public interest obligations are needed for digital stations. NAB said the current obligations work fine and no new ones are necessary.

NAB in its comments also opposed suggestions that the FCC mandate stations to place their public files on the Internet.

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