Charges in offing for users of radio spectrum
Tuesday 18 June 1996
Initially, the proposals would exclude commercial broadcasters but would affect mobile phone operators, couriers, taxi services and other licensees. Mobile phone users, for example, could see the price of calls rise by a few pence, if the policies outlined in a new White Paper, Spectrum Management: into the 21st Century, are adopted.
But the Department of Trade and Industry, which has responsibility for licences issued under the Wireless Telegraphy Act (1949), said most users would not pay more for licences. "The objective is not to increase revenue but to manage the spectrum more efficiently," a DTI spokesman said.
Unveiling the White Paper yesterday, Ian Lang said the proposals would "improve the way in which the finite resource of the radio spectrum is managed so that future growth can be accommodated."
Commercial radio and television broadcasters would not be affected by changes, as they are already licensed under the Broadcasting Act. The BBC would also be excluded. "We do not intend to ask [licence holders] to pay twice for their licences," the spokesman said.
However, market pricing - including the likelihood of auctions - could help accelerate the transition to the digital world, by ensuring that digital capacity for television and radio was priced far lower than analogue.
The Government hopes that differential pricing will make digital services, including digital terrestrial television, more attractive. The private sector could even end up subsidising the introduction of digital receiving equipment to encourage takeup rates, the DTI said.
The Government is keen to free up analogue capacity, which could then be used for new services. But it has been battling scepticism about the viability of digital terrestrial television among leading commercial advertisers.
If at least 50 per cent of the country adopts new digital terrestrial services, the Government might then introduce market pricing to allocate the freed analogue capacity.
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Rebecca Hall on her film career so far: ‘I’ve played too many repressed neurotics’
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
iJobs Money & Business
£60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Trade Desk Specialist (Linux, Windows, FIX...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: CXL, Triple Po...
£70000 - £90000 per annum + Job Satisfaction: Harrington Starr: Project Manage...
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer C#, WPF,BLL,MVVM, SOA...