iBiquity Asks FCC For HD Power Increase
July 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM (PT)
"HD Radio developer IBIQUITY DIGITAL, hoping the FCC will approve an FM IBOC power increase quickly, is asking the agency to approve a 6 dB increase pending final approval of the proposed 10 dB hike," writes RADIOWORLD. "A 6 dB increase is attainable for many FM stations using existing transmission equipment and can be accomplished relatively quickly, IBIQUITY wrote in a new filing, while an increase of less than 6 dB would provide 'insignificant improvement' that would not address coverage concerns.
"The deadline to file initial comments with the FCC about the proposed voluntary power increase was MONDAY.
"Tests completed by GREATER MEDIA/BOSTON showed a 6 dB increase in digital power 'provides FM broadcasters with a significant improvement in coverage that comes close to replicating analog coverage for mobile users,' IBIQUITY wrote."