After the vote to authorize final IBOC rules, Ibiquity General Counsel Al Shuldiner said the rules give greater clarity to broadcasters. “I’m estatic,” he told RW Online at the commission.
He was also pleased the agency voted to authorize dual-antenna operation without the need to apply for an STA.
During the meeting, one commissioner singled out public radio for achieving advancements in multicasting, mentioning WAMU(FM), Washington’s multicast channel of AAA music from WTMD(FM), Towson, Md.
NPR CTO & Executive Director of NPR Labs Mike Starling, attending the meeting, said the fact that IBOC will no longer be considered experimental will go a long way to ensure confidence of receiver manufacturers and broadcasters. “Today’s approval of full multicasting authority opens doors we only dreamed of six years ago,” he said.