Washington, DC (March 26, 2007)--The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Second Report and Order, First Order on Reconsideration, and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order) that will advance the offering of digital radio services to American consumers, as part of the broader digital migration that is underway across all media.
The Second Report and Order adopts several rules that will allow terrestrial radio broadcasters to provide increased local services to their communities, and has confirmed the adoption of iBiquity Digital's IBOC (in-band on-channel) HD Radio technology, which enables digital AM and FM radio broadcasting. With IBOC, a radio station is capable of splitting its digital channel so that it may broadcast multiple streams of digital audio programming and provide datacasting services. IBOC also allows broadcasters to use their current radio spectrum to transmit AM and FM analog signals simultaneously with new digital signals.
In a statement following the HD Radio ruling, iBiquity Digital's president and CEO Bob Struble, wrote, "iBiquity Digital commends the FCC for its decision today to authorize the use of two additional HD Radio services--multicasting and datacasting--and allow AM HD Radio stations to begin nighttime broadcasting. Today's decision reinforces the Commission's support for the HD Radio system and provides automakers, broadcasters, receiver manufacturers and retailers with the certainty of formal adoption of critical HD Radio services. We anticipate this action will also prompt a surge of activity from companies in each of these industries as they look to capitalize on the continuing momentum of the HD Radio rollout."
Over 1,200 stations have notified the Commission that they have commenced or intend to commence hybrid digital broadcasting since the FCC adopted HD Radio on an interim basis in 2002.
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