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The UK's commitment to spectrum liberalisation has been underlined in a new communications industry action plan. The government is also determined to get progress on the repeal of the GSM Directive and the UK's stalled 2.6GHz auction.
The UK regulator is encountering strong opposition to its plans to introducing spectrum pricing in the aviation and maritime sectors. The issued has been raised in parliament, followed by an abrupt change in Ofcom's proposals.
A study funded by the European Commission due later this month will make some "fairly radical" recommendations on how to improve spectrum use by Europe’s public sector, but take a cautious approach to market-based allocation mechanisms.
Legislation enabling spectrum to be traded in Ireland could be in place by 2010, according to the country’s wireless community.
A consultants report for regulator ComReg calls for substantial frequency release after digital switchover and recommends the setting aside of an "innovation reserve."
European regulators have agreed to proposals for strengthening their agreed common positions after Russia and other countries were criticised for undermining these at last year’s World Radio Conference.
The UK regulator has commissioned a study to help it decide whether environmental protection should be added to its list of regulatory duties.
Our top story this month is the European Parliament’s final verdict on the spectrum reform proposals contained in the Telecoms Framework Review.
The new proposals for auctioning D Block in the US seem to be as highly politicised as the proposals for rescuing Wall Street, which were being discussed by lawmakers at the same time.
MEPs have voted through their amendments to the Commission’s Framework Review package. Viviane Reding wishes the spectrum reform had gone further but welcomes the Parliament’s commitment to flexibility and harmonisation.
The whitespace debate in the US is becoming increasingly acrimonious with the implications of the latest tests hotly disputed and the technology companies accusing broadcasters of running a misleading advertising campaign.
The European Parliament’s vote on the telecoms framework review has been put back from Tuesday to Wednesday this week. A compromise on spectrum management flexibility is a key part of the proposals.
ComReg favourably disposed towards spectrum trading; industry seeks clarification on digital dividend