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Our theme this month is the framework review package, which European ministers will be discussing in the telecoms council today (27 November 2008).
Although the telecoms framework compromise due to be agreed by Ministers on Thursday falls short of the Commission's hopes it contains general support for spectrum liberalisation and a boost for MEPs seeking greater influence in this area.
Brussels has released a new proposal to resolve the dispute between the Commission and the Parliament which for the past 18 months has prevented the re-farming of the 900Mhz band.
More detailed information from The Australian Communications and Media Authority underline the difficulties of making international comparisons about spectrum trading.
America has scored a world first in approving the use of whitespace devices. The same FCC meeting which made the decision also gave the green light to create a national WiMAX network.
With spectrum trading in Europe approaching its fourth anniversary, PolicyTracker asks how many trades have taken place and searches for an international benchmark. Simple questions, but there appear to be no simple answers.
Our top story this month is the European Commission’s revised legislative proposals for the telecoms framework review. These cut back the Parliament’s plans to give MEPs more control over spectrum policy.
It's a first - Dolly Parton and Neil Diamond have intervened in spectrum policy! Meanwhile the FCC is facing criticism for using election day to hold the meeting which will decide on the whitespace issue.
The digital dividend will be the key issue for Brussels in the coming months, according to the new head of DG INFSO's Radio Spectrum Policy Unit.
Two key amendments to the EU telecoms framework which would have given MEPs more influence over spectrum policy have been deleted from the final legislative proposals being put forward by the Commission.
The French government has confirmed that it will allocate the 790 – 892 MHz sub-band released as part of the digital dividend to “next-generation very high-speed fixed-line and mobile networks”.
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.