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Radio Frequencies: Licensing

Volume 459: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the production of live and recorded entertainment of proposals to sell the radio spectrum. (130804)

Ofcom has assessed the impact of its proposals to auction spectrum released by switchover. They have recognised that there is a risk of business disruption for the above sectors. To address this issue, Ofcom has proposed that spectrum access be guaranteed up until 2012, for professional PMSE uses. After that period, the regulator proposes to ensure that interleaved spectrum is auctioned so as to include packages that will be suitable for PMSE use—though other uses will not be excluded.

Ofcom will publish a further discussion paper specifically on PMSE, in May.