On the request of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Dialogic performed a study on the arguments for and against a switchoff of AM and FM broadcast radio distribution in the Netherlands.
The purpose of this research is to provide insight into the options and necessary conditions for a possible discontinuation of analogue radio-ether distribution via AM and FM, as well as to identify alternative uses for the AM and FM bands. The main research questions are:
- Under what conditions and with what arguments is discontinuation of analogue, terrestrial radio distribution in the FM band (87.5-108 MHz) and AM band (526.5-1606.5 kHz) in the Netherlands meaningful and possible?
- Depending on the answer to the first question: what is a realistic term and approach for the discontinuation of analogue radio broadcast in the AM and FM bands?
The following chart summarizes the structure of arguments and effects of an FM switchoff. The arrows indicate the direction of the effect (up: positive, down: negative).
- Dialogic: Argumenten en impact bij een zinvolle afschakeling van analoge radio-etherdistributie via FM en AM (Dutch)
- Letter from the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy to the parliament announcing the report