29 Jan Does DRM enable and support free speech?- Your Question Answered
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Does DRM enable and support free speech?
DRM is a terrestrial digital broadcasting standard that ensures coverage on all radio frequencies bands and for scenarios going from large international and countrywide coverage (shortwave, mediumwave) to regional and local coverage (in band I, less used, band II, very much used and known as the FM band, and band III, if vacated when television services have been digitised). As DRM is just a digitised, more advanced and multi-feature solution to the 100-old analogue radio, it does not promote free speech on its own. It is just an advanced technical solution. DRM as a service to all citizens allows for the broadcast of several programmes on one frequency (up to three on one current frequency), data and extra services and benefits. The offer to the listeners can be more varied, in various languages simultaneously, accompanied by text and images etc. This choice, diversity and richness are attributes of free speech; still, on its own, DRM cannot make closed societies open. But it can support a richer media which is an attribute of any progressive and open society.