FCC Rejects Proposal That Might've Saved AM Radio

The Federal Communications Commission rejected a proposal to boost the signal power of AM radio stations by a factor of ten. Apparently the agency's convinced that such a signal boost would actually harm those stations rather than helping save them.

The FCC's response to the proposal is causing a bit of debate because there's disagreement over the accuracy of the FCC's assessment:

We have determined that your proposal is not in the public interest because it would greatly increase the potential for interference between AM stations and would undermine the Commission's efforts to improve the AM service.

Whether it's with a signal boost or not, let's just hope someone figures out how to save the AM stations from signal degradation and interference—they're not ready to be labeled obsolete just yet. [Ars Technica]

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