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Under the Broadcasting Act, 1993 (of Tynwald) the Commission licenses and regulates programme services provided from places in the Isle of Man. The Commission keeps under review the reception, quality and content in the Isle of Man of programme services provided from places in the Island or elsewhere. Together with its statutory responsibilities in respect of licensing and regulation of broadcasting from places in the Isle of Man, the Commission has responsibility for furthering the interests of the Isle of Man in the whole area of broadcasting. Opportunities in this field, whether for sound broadcasting or for television, are considered as they arise on their merits. Provisional frequency planning for a Manx national television service was undertaken in 2001.
The national public service radio station on the Island is Manx Radio, broadcasting on both medium wave and VHF. It is funded by advertising and sponsorship with additional support from an Isle of Man Government grant. A fully-commercial youth-oriented music service, Energy FM, also broadcasts across the Island and a small low power community radio station is authorised to broadcast to Ramsey. The Commission has allocated a long wave frequency, 279kHz, to Isle of Man International Broadcasting plc to provide a service from the Isle of Man to Britain and Europe. It is due on air in the Summer of 2005. Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) became available on the Island for an 18-month trial from Autumn 2001. Provision of a permanent DAB local radio multiplex is under review.