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Wait until the patent expires

If I had to pick, one of the most egregious things about HD Radio™ is the fact that it is a proprietary system. Ibiquity owns the licenses for the IBOC HD Radio™ technology.  If the FCC were to force radio stations to convert to all digital transmission, like they did with TV, then one corporation would then own the modulation method for all of the radio stations in the country.  It would also own all of the secondary (HD2 and HD3) channels by virtue of the password protected software and would, as current contracts are being written, be allowed to inspect the books any time they want.

This could lead to some very interesting situations, especially if Ibiquity chose to flex some muscle regarding programming content, formats, music, politics, news coverage, or what have you.  Lets not forget, Ibiquity’s investors are large broadcasting companies like Clear Channel, Cumulus, Citadel, Univision, and so on.  Smaller broadcasting companies could likely get caught in a go along to get along situation.

If you have never played with an HD Radio™ exciter, let me tell you, everything is locked down.  Every function needs a password from Ibiquity and there is no way around it.

Ibiquity’s proponents dismiss this concern and continue to say “Just wait until the patent expires, then it will be an open system.”  Except that the “patent” is not going to expire.  Ibiquity owns 70 patents for their IBOC system.  Only one patent needs to be in effect for the HD Radio™ system to remain proprietary.  The last patent was issued on May 10, 2010.  Ibiquity simply needs to make some small change, update, or tweak and they can file for a new patent, which will add another 10 years.  This can continue indefinitely.

The patent is not going to expire.

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~1st amendment to the United States Constitution

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~Benjamin Franklin

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
~Rudyard Kipling

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers
~Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Article 19

...radio was discovered, and not invented, and that these frequencies and principles were always in existence long before man was aware of them. Therefore, no one owns them. They are there as free as sunlight, which is a higher frequency form of the same energy.
~Alan Weiner

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