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ERIC Number: ED318045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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The NRSC and the FCC: Working To Change Policy and Procedure To Narrow the Distance between AM and FM.
Huff, W. A. Kelly
In the mid-1980s, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reformed the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) as a liaison between receiver manufacturers and amplitude modulation (AM) broadcasters to promote unity in upgrading AM transmission and reception, and to aid AM in narrowing the sound quality gap with frequency modulation (FM). In 1982, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that no single system for broadcasting AM stereo would be picked by the government. Of the five competing AM stereo systems, the marketplace effectively eliminated three within 2 years. The NAB believed the keys to enhancing the sound quality appeal of AM radio to be improving both the technology for transmission and for reception. The NAB and the NRSC were able to convince the FCC to begin a series of notices of inquiry, rulemaking proceedings, and policy changes for improvement of AM, such as reduction of interference and relaxation of many regulatory rules. Contrary to broadcaster sentiment, in 1989 the FCC unanimously decided on a technical standard for AM broadcasting which included an "RF mask." Broadcasters complained of the high cost of the new standard. Criticism for the failure to upgrade gradually in the 60-year history of AM must be shared by both the FCC and the AM industry. As with FM in its struggle to gain parity, the process for AM's revitalization will take a number of years. (Five notes are included; 82 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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