Australians are a bunch of music lovers. They love to listen to all kinds of music and enjoy life. Radio stations are very popular there and strive to provide all kinds of services to their listeners. Believe it or not, Australia has over 250 commercial and public radio stations. According to a research group GfK, Australians spend around 6 hours of a week to listen to their favorite shows on radio. This shows how much they enjoy and find time to listen to these shows. Studies have proved that in spite of so many online channels and streaming programs, almost 65% of the shows listened to are on the Radio.
RadioApp is the latest launch which is the result of combined efforts of the radio stations in Australia.
It was introduced to the world at the Commercial Radio Australia conference in Melbourne on Friday morning (Oct. 7). RadioApp will be launched by November end. All the Apple and Google stores will have the App free to download .The best part of this RadioApp is that listeners will be able to find a radio station near them whatever platform they are using.
The Australians will no longer be limited by geographic limitations of radio waves air reach. They can tune into radio stations provided they have a mobile signal. This superb App has been developed by All in Media. They have introduced a wake-up and doze off function. This helps the listeners to wake and doze off listening to a particular station. This venture shows how a strong collaboration exists across both commercial and public broadcasters in Australia. It is the first time that the Australian networks have created their own platform and is surely something that Australian listeners can be very proud of.
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Does the Acronym PLCN seem familiar? If any of you are wondering what that stands for, here goes. PLCN stands for Pacific Light Cable Network. It is a new subsea cable spanning the Pacific. This is being constructed under the combined partnership of Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication.
PLCN is one of the longest cable networks connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong directly. It is also going to be one of the highest-capacity trans-Pacific systems. The initially estimated design capacity is 120 Tbsp. It will have 12,800 km of fiber and transmit 120 terabits of data per second between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
PLCN provides great flexibility to the users. For previous versions of subsea cables, the system vendor would provide the initial optical equipment. This was dependent on the technology that was available during the period the cable was contracted. However, PLCN gives the parties involved complete independence in selecting its optical equipment. Also, equipment refreshes and modifications can be brought about as and when optical technology advances even during the construction of the system. This project is being built by TE SubCom. The costs are expected to go down as technology advances. Also, the bandwidth rates will increase at a rapid pace.
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Is it true that the Federal Communications Commission has zero tolerance when it comes to violation of rules set earlier? Will the violator who asks for permission be exempted? The answer to both is No way! The decision of the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission passed recently clearly proves this fact. The whole situation came to light in New York when two commonly-owned entities decided to exchange stations. They made use of the third license for this swap.
The parties decided to execute a time brokerage agreement which would permit them to commence operating as if the swap had occurred with the permission of the Commission. Normally executing a TBA is noncontroversial. However in this case, by executing the TBA, the buyer exceeded the limit of the maximum number of stations under common control. The Commission has the power to refuse to grant the assignment application of the buyer. Here this assignment application filed with the commission contained a temporary waiver request to get control of the stations. However, they parties involved did not wait for the Commission to grant the waiver and went ahead to implement the TBA without obtaining the Commission’s consent.
The commission without any hesitation denied the waiver request. The parties were also charged a forfeiture of $20,000. The lifeline given to the parties was that their assignment applications were rejected without any prejudice. So they could reapply for the same. However the next time they were asked to wait for the Commission to consider the waiver and grant permission before commencing operation of TBA. This incident is a gentle reminder to all FCC licensees that “business expedience is not synonymous with the public interest.” Business enterprises should not forget that they have to move through the proper channel and wait for The Federal Communications Commission to grant permission as and when required.
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