I read that if I install HD Radio at my station that I can operate an HD-2 station commercially. Is that for real?

To the best of our understanding, this is not true.  There is a confusion between broadcasting and subsidiary services.  Broadcasting includes any services that can be received using a standard radio without the need of any special arrangement or subscription while Subsidiary services are not receivable by the the general public and require a subscription to receive.  Multicast streams on digital television fall under broadcasting.  The argument can be the same for multicast digital radio.  Since the stream can be received with a standard issue HD radio without some form of subscription or other access control, it s considered broadcasting and therefore would remain non-commercial per section 399(b) of the Communications Act.   For more information, please read this article:

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2015-05-14 03:39
Michelle Bradley
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