FCC’s AM Rescue Plan

What about the FCC’s rescue plan for FM?

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is championing necessary and common sense changes that eliminate or modernize regulations that are not helpful to AM operators.  But they are too little, too late.

Among the proposals is elimination of a regulation that requires stations to prove that any new equipment decreases interference with other stations and loosening rules that affect nighttime signals that have been impacted because of the skywave effect of AM signals in the ionosphere at night.

They’ve got to be kidding.

This isn’t going to help AM operators one bit.

Turning back the clock to 1960 will and good luck with that.

Remember it has only been since the 70’s since FM came of age but now FM is as bad off as AM and it has nothing to do with technology.

It has to do with the greedy bastards who have consolidated the radio industry and put garbage on the air – cheap national programming, voice tracking, syndication.  AM stations that still command an audience are few and far between.

But actually, the FCC is missing the point.

There are things that can be done to help AM and even FM operators survive in the digital age and it has very little to do with rules, technology or even offering AM operators low power translators – like that’s a business.

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