Netherlands May Not Renew FM Licenses

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Netherlands May Not Renew FM Licenses

Dec 16, 2014 10:21 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

AMSTERDAM�The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs has told the Parliament there that if at least half of the households in the Netherlands have a digital radio receiver in 2016, that a plan to �sunset'' FM services will be set in motion.

According to Telecompaper, the extension of commercial radio licenses will also depend upon the penetration of digital receivers there. In 2011 analog radio licenses were linked to digital radio permits to ensure the expansion of digital radio transmission. The 2011 licenses expire in 2017, and won''t be renewed if the 50% penetration target is achieved.

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