> ''...a draft Report and Order to allow all U.S. AM
> stations to use HD Radio at night is reportedly sitting on the
> FCC Chairman's desk. Insiders say the document will allow all
> stations (with equipment in place) to light up simultaneously.
> Hopefully an interference resolution mechanism is included in the
> paperwork. Broadcast engineers surveyed on the floor of the NAB
> were not optimistic about the long-term prospects of AM HD at
> night, but iBiquity investors will undoubtedly make a concerted
> effort to make it work.''
ACCORDING TO V-News.org Editor-in-Chief Kevin Alfred Strom, IBOC is
an inferior, interference-prone system designed primarily to ensure
the *** of the corporate broadcast media and limit or prevent
the rise of new, independent voices on the radio dial. He states:
'IBOC (In-Band On-Channel) digital -- AM or FM -- is essentially a
turkey, technically. It's inferior in almost every way to a
dedicated digital system in a dedicated digital band.
'The main reason IBOC is promoted is because a new dedicated digital
band would level the playing field: the present 250-Watt AM
daytimer, once ensconced in the new band, would have just as clear
and clean a signal as the 50-Kw clear channel or the high-power FM
-- just as good fidelity, the same coverage, and 24-hour operation.
Just as your Web site is equally clear and accessible as NBC's.
'A dedicated digital band might also be scalable and allow many more
channels for the listener -- hundreds, thousands perhaps. Probably
enough to allow public access (in which anyone can be a broadcaster
for free or nearly free) on an even greater scale than does cable
'And that would mean more competition for the big-money men.
'And it would mean that competition would now be purely on the basis
of programming, not the sheer signal superiority which the money-men
have paid for.
'They want to preserve the _inferiority_ of their smaller
competitors. IBOC does that. They want to maintain the high economic
hurdle to becoming a broadcaster. IBOC does that.'