The Federal Communications Commission has proposed removing or updating regulations that AM radio station owners believe have left many AM channels facing the end of their existence. Due to consumer electronic and smartphone interference, AM radio often seems to deliver mostly static.
The Commission is seeking public comment on many changes before it can adopt its final rules. One of the proposed changes is eliminating or loosening the rules that govern nighttime transmissions by AM stations. Current regulations require many AM stations reduce their power or cease operation at night to avoid interference with other stations.