Repeal digital economy bill

Please repeal this bill, as it has not been thought through properly. Unlike the digital TV switchover where all tv's could continue to be used after the switchover, millions of radios will have to be scrapped & new ones bought. The reception is not as good or as well covered as FM.

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Please repeal this bill, as it has not been thought through properly. Unlike the digital TV switchover where all tv's could continue to be used after the switchover, millions of radios will have to be scrapped & new ones bought. The reception is not as good or as well covered as FM.

RETENTION OF ANALOGUE RADIO

 




My memory is that when the idea of moving to digital radio was first mooted it was being ‘sold’ by the Government of the day on the basis of a better quality. Unfortunately that Government, with the then current mood being for diversity, quickly succumbed to the temptation to go for quantity rather than qualitySo however the good the original idea may have been it was immediately undermined.

As with television, there are out there in the world only a limited number of companies and organisations capable and willing to produce GOOD QUALITY programme. To artificially stretch demand can only dilute that talent and result in an ever increasing output of dross.

At a purely personal level as a pensioner I do not welcome the cost of having to replace all the radios in my house plus that in my car.

This seems to be for the sake of change, without there being any genuine underlying need or benefit. The present Government should have the courage to change as necessary any legislation that will remove the prospect of this unwelcome change.

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My memory is that when the idea of moving to digital radio was first mooted it was being ‘sold’ by the Government of the day on the basis of a better quality. Unfortunately that Government, with the then current mood being for diversity, quickly succumbed to the temptation to go for quantity rather than qualitySo however the good the original idea may have been it was immediately undermined.

As with television, there are out there in the world only a limited number of companies and organisations capable and willing to produce GOOD QUALITY programme. To artificially stretch demand can only dilute that talent and result in an ever increasing output of dross.

At a purely personal level as a pensioner I do not welcome the cost of having to replace all the radios in my house plus that in my car.

This seems to be for the sake of change, without there being any genuine underlying need or benefit. The present Government should have the courage to change as necessary any legislation that will remove the prospect of this unwelcome change.

Keep Analogue radio

Analogue/FM radio needs to be retained becuase it is a proven and effective form of broadcasting.  Digital radio is unstable and provides poor quality sound over large tracts of the country.  The retention of Analogue radio will ensure that millions of perfectly serviceabe radios continue to be used and not thrown away, almost certainly into landfill.  The exchnge/refurbishment of analogue radios for the use of poor people is at best a smoke screen and at worst a lie becuse the system would not be able to deal with the millions of radios involved.  Moreover, the majority of the "target people" would not be able to afford the batteries needed or have access to electricty to run the equipment.  The Analogue/FM system provides accurate time checks whilst digital does not and never will do.  Digital radio receivers uses more power than Analogue receivers and therefore the adoption of a digital radio system would be a retrograde step in the unversal quest for the efficent use of energy. 

Why is this idea important?

Analogue/FM radio needs to be retained becuase it is a proven and effective form of broadcasting.  Digital radio is unstable and provides poor quality sound over large tracts of the country.  The retention of Analogue radio will ensure that millions of perfectly serviceabe radios continue to be used and not thrown away, almost certainly into landfill.  The exchnge/refurbishment of analogue radios for the use of poor people is at best a smoke screen and at worst a lie becuse the system would not be able to deal with the millions of radios involved.  Moreover, the majority of the "target people" would not be able to afford the batteries needed or have access to electricty to run the equipment.  The Analogue/FM system provides accurate time checks whilst digital does not and never will do.  Digital radio receivers uses more power than Analogue receivers and therefore the adoption of a digital radio system would be a retrograde step in the unversal quest for the efficent use of energy. 

Internet Radio – not DAB

I foolishly bought a DAB radio 4 or 5 years ago. What a waste of £200 that was. Reception is appalling.
DAB is '80s technology, superceded in the '90s and overtaken by the internet in the noughties. It's an idea out of it's time and needs to be binned.
Look to the internet (mobile and fixed) and iPlayer for the future. Make appliances wifi compatible. Beef up the broadband and we could end up making and exporting internet compatible devices to the rest of the world.

 

Why is this idea important?

I foolishly bought a DAB radio 4 or 5 years ago. What a waste of £200 that was. Reception is appalling.
DAB is '80s technology, superceded in the '90s and overtaken by the internet in the noughties. It's an idea out of it's time and needs to be binned.
Look to the internet (mobile and fixed) and iPlayer for the future. Make appliances wifi compatible. Beef up the broadband and we could end up making and exporting internet compatible devices to the rest of the world.

 

Retain Analogue Radio

 

FM/Analogue radio provides superb reception over the whole country whilst digital radio is unstable and has extremely poor quality and coverage. 

Digital radio uses more power which will mean the requirement of more resources and therefore a retrograde step in the quest for energy efficiency.  The change to digital radio would involve the scrapping of millions of perfectly serviceable analogue radios. The business of the exchange and so called refurbishment of analogue radios for the use of people in the third world is  smoke screen.  The system would not be able to handle the millions of radios involved and therefore millions of radios would end up in landfill.  Furthermore, only a limited number of poor people would be able to afford the batteries needed or have access to electricity to run the radios.  The era of accurate time checks would end.  

Why is this idea important?

 

FM/Analogue radio provides superb reception over the whole country whilst digital radio is unstable and has extremely poor quality and coverage. 

Digital radio uses more power which will mean the requirement of more resources and therefore a retrograde step in the quest for energy efficiency.  The change to digital radio would involve the scrapping of millions of perfectly serviceable analogue radios. The business of the exchange and so called refurbishment of analogue radios for the use of people in the third world is  smoke screen.  The system would not be able to handle the millions of radios involved and therefore millions of radios would end up in landfill.  Furthermore, only a limited number of poor people would be able to afford the batteries needed or have access to electricity to run the radios.  The era of accurate time checks would end.  

Keep analogue FM and long/medium/short wave radio

To force everyone to buy digital radios when we already have perfectly good analogue radios in our homes and in our cars is wasteful in terms of resources and the environment.  The signal and sound quality is better on FM.

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To force everyone to buy digital radios when we already have perfectly good analogue radios in our homes and in our cars is wasteful in terms of resources and the environment.  The signal and sound quality is better on FM.

compulsory abolition of F.M.radio and instating of a digital service.

 We should all be grateful for scientific and technical progress , otherwise we should still be using crystal sets and winding up horned gramaphones. However the abolition of the FM radio services is a step too far. Purely on a personal level, this household owns 3 vehicles with analogue radios.On top of that there are some 29  radios in this house, from mini personal/ headphone jobs , stereo tuners , radio /cassette/C.D players/ TVs , , a radio telephone, 2 Freeplay  and 4 other wind ups to a deliciously expensive Bose  number and a several of small transistor radios of various types. If the Government  makes compulsory the dumping of these radios, or even the seemingly worthy recycling for the 3rd World, the financial outlay for us here will be enormous.We have 1 digital radio only and it is rarely used.

Having reserched this, it seems that digital radios consume more electricity / battery power than standard ones, although there are energy saving models available. Most people , post 2015, will to SOME  extent be sourcing cheap radios , probably made in China or the Far East .Can the economy of these models be guaranteed? I suspect that electricity/ battery  consumption will rise.Not environmentally friendly. Why encourage the use of economy light bulbs only to have the effect  counteracted by  electricity guzzling radios?There is also the problem of poor reception in many areas.

The Conservative Party , now Government , is in favour of personal choice  for the individual and encouragement of  each and every one of us , to be self sufficient   and non State reliant. It also  wishes to leave behind the "nanny  state" and interference  of Socialism that we have to tolerate every few years  when Labour are in power. DO NOT now decide that "Nanny knows best " and that  each and every one of us be COMPELLED to dump millions of functioning radios for no particular reason, other than a commercial one.

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 We should all be grateful for scientific and technical progress , otherwise we should still be using crystal sets and winding up horned gramaphones. However the abolition of the FM radio services is a step too far. Purely on a personal level, this household owns 3 vehicles with analogue radios.On top of that there are some 29  radios in this house, from mini personal/ headphone jobs , stereo tuners , radio /cassette/C.D players/ TVs , , a radio telephone, 2 Freeplay  and 4 other wind ups to a deliciously expensive Bose  number and a several of small transistor radios of various types. If the Government  makes compulsory the dumping of these radios, or even the seemingly worthy recycling for the 3rd World, the financial outlay for us here will be enormous.We have 1 digital radio only and it is rarely used.

Having reserched this, it seems that digital radios consume more electricity / battery power than standard ones, although there are energy saving models available. Most people , post 2015, will to SOME  extent be sourcing cheap radios , probably made in China or the Far East .Can the economy of these models be guaranteed? I suspect that electricity/ battery  consumption will rise.Not environmentally friendly. Why encourage the use of economy light bulbs only to have the effect  counteracted by  electricity guzzling radios?There is also the problem of poor reception in many areas.

The Conservative Party , now Government , is in favour of personal choice  for the individual and encouragement of  each and every one of us , to be self sufficient   and non State reliant. It also  wishes to leave behind the "nanny  state" and interference  of Socialism that we have to tolerate every few years  when Labour are in power. DO NOT now decide that "Nanny knows best " and that  each and every one of us be COMPELLED to dump millions of functioning radios for no particular reason, other than a commercial one.

GET RID OF DIGITAL RADIO

We should stop the idea of introducing digital radio immediately.  I have one digital radio in my house, it doesn't work and I don't even live in a rural area.  I have 4 FM/AM radios in my house plus another 2 in my and my wife's car.  They all work perfectly and don't need repalcing.  Why should anyone waste money repacing perfectly good radios with DAB radios that don't work any better and generally much worse.

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We should stop the idea of introducing digital radio immediately.  I have one digital radio in my house, it doesn't work and I don't even live in a rural area.  I have 4 FM/AM radios in my house plus another 2 in my and my wife's car.  They all work perfectly and don't need repalcing.  Why should anyone waste money repacing perfectly good radios with DAB radios that don't work any better and generally much worse.

The projected switch off of analogue radio for national stations

The switch off of the analogue radio signal for national radio stations projected for 2015 should be scrapped indefinitely.  The public should not be dictated to over this.  I have not heard one good excuse for doing it.  I have six radio sets including the one in my car, all of which work perfectly well and have done so for many years.  They will still be around long after the digital muck is dead and buried.  Anyone who is desperate to listen to digital radio can do so on their PC or Freevew box or via umpteen other methods already. I have heard that portable digital radios do not work properly  especially in cars. This idea nearly cost Ben Bradshaw my vote and I am still very angry with him for introducing it.

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The switch off of the analogue radio signal for national radio stations projected for 2015 should be scrapped indefinitely.  The public should not be dictated to over this.  I have not heard one good excuse for doing it.  I have six radio sets including the one in my car, all of which work perfectly well and have done so for many years.  They will still be around long after the digital muck is dead and buried.  Anyone who is desperate to listen to digital radio can do so on their PC or Freevew box or via umpteen other methods already. I have heard that portable digital radios do not work properly  especially in cars. This idea nearly cost Ben Bradshaw my vote and I am still very angry with him for introducing it.

Abandon the plans to switch off analogue radio

I would like to add my voice to the thousands of others demanding the repeal of the Digital Economy Act, and in particular the proposal to stop broadcasting national radio on FM. 

Why is this idea important?

I would like to add my voice to the thousands of others demanding the repeal of the Digital Economy Act, and in particular the proposal to stop broadcasting national radio on FM. 

Radio. Why go digital?

There seems little advantage if any, for the public in scrapping FM radio frequencies. They work countrywide and are a tried and tested broadcasting format.Digital may be alright in urban areas but coverage in rural areas and remote parts of the country are likely to suffer in a similar way to the broadband coverage.

Every car radio would either have to be changed or converted to digital and according to reports reception is likely to vary considerably across the country.

The whole point of change is to improve. So what is the point of changing in this case from something that works well to something that is more likely to be worse and  be a positive disadvantage to millions of listeners.

There may be business opportunities but the UK is unlikely to see much in the manufacture of digital radios as it is well known that most electronics are made in the far east.

Think again and leave FM alone.

Why is this idea important?

There seems little advantage if any, for the public in scrapping FM radio frequencies. They work countrywide and are a tried and tested broadcasting format.Digital may be alright in urban areas but coverage in rural areas and remote parts of the country are likely to suffer in a similar way to the broadband coverage.

Every car radio would either have to be changed or converted to digital and according to reports reception is likely to vary considerably across the country.

The whole point of change is to improve. So what is the point of changing in this case from something that works well to something that is more likely to be worse and  be a positive disadvantage to millions of listeners.

There may be business opportunities but the UK is unlikely to see much in the manufacture of digital radios as it is well known that most electronics are made in the far east.

Think again and leave FM alone.

Repeal The Digital Act And Stop Digital Discrimination Concerning Radio

Why on earth does Edd Vaizy want to continue with these stupid plans?  He has not thought this through.  People generally have more than one radio in the house.  I think I must have a least 10 radios if not more.  We live in a digital black spot and have been told that we cannot and will not be able to get DAB where we live as we live more than 25 miles from the transmitter.  The BBC, including BBC Radio Cambridgeshire keeps advertising the fact that they are broadcasting on DAB but we still cannot get this station.  I bought a DAB second hand radio and couldn't get any DAB stations on it at all.  I thought thank goodness I didn't waste money on a new one!  A friend of mine near where I live bought a new DAB radio but got rid of it because she got so fed up not being able to get any stations on it.  What about the cost to the environment?  We are told to reduce waste, what about all the FM radios that will end up in landfill sites?  Most FM portable radios cannot be converted. Why give new stations FM radio licences for 10 years if the FM signals will be stopped before then?

I am now (not through my own choice) on part-time wages and cannot afford to buy a new DAB.  It is bad going to be bad enough being done out of TV in 2011 without being done out of a radio as well!   (I cannot afford freeview because of the cost of having to buy a digibox and having a high gain aerial put up on the roof in order to get it.).  This is just one step too far.  Pensioners and other people on low incomes will not be able to afford DAB.  What is the point of buying a DAB if you cannot get anything on it in any case. People should revolt against this.  Why would anybody want to have such an inferior service as DAB? 

DAB is suppose to bring choice but it is does not.   Concerning local radio, why is only one local BBC and only one local ILR (Independent Local Radio) station allowed to broadcast per multiplex?  Surely this means that where you have more than one ILR  broadcasting some of them will have to close down thus putting people out of work.  At the moment I can get 4 BBC local radio stations on FM from where I live (BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Lincolnshire) yet I cannot and will not be able to get any of these on DAB.  The whole thing is just madness.

This law should be stopped immediately.

 

Why is this idea important?

Why on earth does Edd Vaizy want to continue with these stupid plans?  He has not thought this through.  People generally have more than one radio in the house.  I think I must have a least 10 radios if not more.  We live in a digital black spot and have been told that we cannot and will not be able to get DAB where we live as we live more than 25 miles from the transmitter.  The BBC, including BBC Radio Cambridgeshire keeps advertising the fact that they are broadcasting on DAB but we still cannot get this station.  I bought a DAB second hand radio and couldn't get any DAB stations on it at all.  I thought thank goodness I didn't waste money on a new one!  A friend of mine near where I live bought a new DAB radio but got rid of it because she got so fed up not being able to get any stations on it.  What about the cost to the environment?  We are told to reduce waste, what about all the FM radios that will end up in landfill sites?  Most FM portable radios cannot be converted. Why give new stations FM radio licences for 10 years if the FM signals will be stopped before then?

I am now (not through my own choice) on part-time wages and cannot afford to buy a new DAB.  It is bad going to be bad enough being done out of TV in 2011 without being done out of a radio as well!   (I cannot afford freeview because of the cost of having to buy a digibox and having a high gain aerial put up on the roof in order to get it.).  This is just one step too far.  Pensioners and other people on low incomes will not be able to afford DAB.  What is the point of buying a DAB if you cannot get anything on it in any case. People should revolt against this.  Why would anybody want to have such an inferior service as DAB? 

DAB is suppose to bring choice but it is does not.   Concerning local radio, why is only one local BBC and only one local ILR (Independent Local Radio) station allowed to broadcast per multiplex?  Surely this means that where you have more than one ILR  broadcasting some of them will have to close down thus putting people out of work.  At the moment I can get 4 BBC local radio stations on FM from where I live (BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Lincolnshire) yet I cannot and will not be able to get any of these on DAB.  The whole thing is just madness.

This law should be stopped immediately.

 

Cancel the FM switch off completely

Dont just delay digital switchover – cancel it. We dont want FM to be switched off – ever.

There is no need for it to be switched off. It is an affront to our liberty that millions of our expensive and high quality radios will be rendered obsolete, together with millions of handy portable radios.

Mr Vaizey is apparently to say a decision will be made when more than half of radio listeners have tuned into digital – that is simply disgraceful.

I have listened to DAB once or twice. Does that mean I want FM swicthed off? Of course not.

Just because 50% of people may be surveyed and have said they “have tuned in to digital” does not mean FM should be switched off. DAB is a complementary servive, NOT an alternative.

Mr Vaizey is expected to say this afternoon: “So listeners need to be persuaded that the content on offer is compelling, that the quality is high and that digital radios, at home or in the car, are affordable and have listening quality that is at least as good as FM.”

Sorry Mr Vaizey, that is simply not the point. Even if DAB improves so that it is as good or better than FM, it does not mean that FM should be switched off. We want to use our existing radios. I may buy a DAB radio to use at home plugged in, or listen to digital on my freeview box sometimes, but it doesnt mean that I want my car and portable radios to be useless. And as far as compelling content, there is no reason that all content should not be simultaneously broadcast on FM. The BBC should broadcast radio 6 and radio 7 on FM forthwith!

STOP THE WASTE – BAN THE SWITCHOFF OF FM

Why is this idea important?

Dont just delay digital switchover – cancel it. We dont want FM to be switched off – ever.

There is no need for it to be switched off. It is an affront to our liberty that millions of our expensive and high quality radios will be rendered obsolete, together with millions of handy portable radios.

Mr Vaizey is apparently to say a decision will be made when more than half of radio listeners have tuned into digital – that is simply disgraceful.

I have listened to DAB once or twice. Does that mean I want FM swicthed off? Of course not.

Just because 50% of people may be surveyed and have said they “have tuned in to digital” does not mean FM should be switched off. DAB is a complementary servive, NOT an alternative.

Mr Vaizey is expected to say this afternoon: “So listeners need to be persuaded that the content on offer is compelling, that the quality is high and that digital radios, at home or in the car, are affordable and have listening quality that is at least as good as FM.”

Sorry Mr Vaizey, that is simply not the point. Even if DAB improves so that it is as good or better than FM, it does not mean that FM should be switched off. We want to use our existing radios. I may buy a DAB radio to use at home plugged in, or listen to digital on my freeview box sometimes, but it doesnt mean that I want my car and portable radios to be useless. And as far as compelling content, there is no reason that all content should not be simultaneously broadcast on FM. The BBC should broadcast radio 6 and radio 7 on FM forthwith!

STOP THE WASTE – BAN THE SWITCHOFF OF FM

FM Radio

There should be no abandonment of the existing analogue signal.  There should be no compulsory introduction of digital radio to the exclusion of all else.  This is just one more ruse to extract more money from us when we have to replace our existing sets.

Why is this idea important?

There should be no abandonment of the existing analogue signal.  There should be no compulsory introduction of digital radio to the exclusion of all else.  This is just one more ruse to extract more money from us when we have to replace our existing sets.

plans to abolish FM radio.

this is all being handles badly.

Why is this being promoted? reasons so far given are nonsense.

how much will it cost us all ? 30 million car radios, and goodness knows how many in peoples homes.DAB rados are expensive compared to FM radios. What happens to my expensive hi fi tuner.

The 'industry ' is said to be ready for 2015. oh really, want to bet the radios will be made in China. Its just a gravy train for retailers.

What are vacant FM bands to be used for?

It would be nice if the minister would come clean as to why this idea even got considered. I detect Sir Humphrey Appleby in there somewhere.

Why is this idea important?

this is all being handles badly.

Why is this being promoted? reasons so far given are nonsense.

how much will it cost us all ? 30 million car radios, and goodness knows how many in peoples homes.DAB rados are expensive compared to FM radios. What happens to my expensive hi fi tuner.

The 'industry ' is said to be ready for 2015. oh really, want to bet the radios will be made in China. Its just a gravy train for retailers.

What are vacant FM bands to be used for?

It would be nice if the minister would come clean as to why this idea even got considered. I detect Sir Humphrey Appleby in there somewhere.

repeal digital economy act

It is all very well to say it is a wonderful opportunity for the radio manufacturers….with millions of homes suddenly having to buy one two or three new radios to replace existing FM radios that work well, of course it is. But why? Reception of digital is very mixed. I don't want to replace all my radios, its too expensive. If the system ain't broke. why mend it???

Why is this idea important?

It is all very well to say it is a wonderful opportunity for the radio manufacturers….with millions of homes suddenly having to buy one two or three new radios to replace existing FM radios that work well, of course it is. But why? Reception of digital is very mixed. I don't want to replace all my radios, its too expensive. If the system ain't broke. why mend it???

Repeal abolition of FM Radio

Get rid of this crazy scheme to make all radio broadcasting use the DAB radio system. The basic idea was one of the last Government's power mad schemes and does not deserve further action. Not only will millions of perfectly good receivers to be made useless and expensive alternatives be needed but a huge carbon footprint will be generated in replacing all this equipment. Those of us with adequate or better car radios will incur even greater expense if we desire to convert our receivers and will no doubt then suffer from what current car DAB users describe as poor performance.

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of this crazy scheme to make all radio broadcasting use the DAB radio system. The basic idea was one of the last Government's power mad schemes and does not deserve further action. Not only will millions of perfectly good receivers to be made useless and expensive alternatives be needed but a huge carbon footprint will be generated in replacing all this equipment. Those of us with adequate or better car radios will incur even greater expense if we desire to convert our receivers and will no doubt then suffer from what current car DAB users describe as poor performance.

Stop the switchover to DAB

I agree with all the points which are being made. The bottom line is that the consumer should not have to pay to convert to a technically inferior service whose only advantage seems to be more programmes of rubbish. Haven't we got enough choice already on FM?

Why is this idea important?

I agree with all the points which are being made. The bottom line is that the consumer should not have to pay to convert to a technically inferior service whose only advantage seems to be more programmes of rubbish. Haven't we got enough choice already on FM?

Repeal the copyright infringement sections in the Digital Economy Act

To repeal the copyright infringement sections within the Digital Economy Act 2010.

 

The legislation doesn't tell us how the system will operate and as such members of the lords and commons were asked to pass legislation without knowing precisely how it would work in practice.

It is unclear who could be classed as an internet service provider, rather than a subscriber, and when people ask for guidance they aren't given a clear answer and are expected to hire lawyers to interpret the legislation that is so unclear.

Why is this idea important?

To repeal the copyright infringement sections within the Digital Economy Act 2010.

 

The legislation doesn't tell us how the system will operate and as such members of the lords and commons were asked to pass legislation without knowing precisely how it would work in practice.

It is unclear who could be classed as an internet service provider, rather than a subscriber, and when people ask for guidance they aren't given a clear answer and are expected to hire lawyers to interpret the legislation that is so unclear.