chapter  3
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The Fundamental Defi ciencies of IBOC DAB

According to the National Radio Systems Committee, a successful digital radio technology is one that provides “a signifi cant improvement over the analog systems currently in use.” 1 To understand the chosen U.S. digital radio system’s troubles with regard to achieving this goal requires an overview of its fundamental defi ciencies. The system’s invasive spectral occupancy, lack of meaningful bandwidth capacity, and wholly proprietary nature conspire to keep it from reaching a threshold of transformative potential for radio broadcasting.