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Spectrum Framework Set For Update

Spectrum Framework Set For UpdateIn response to the government’s announcement that the next stage of spectrum reform will be undertaken, Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton has stated industry agrees that significant and forward-looking reform of spectrum policy and process is needed to reduce regulatory burden.

The review was undertaken by the Department of Communications in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull having announced review of the framework last year.

A joint media release from Turnbull and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher notes that while spectrum “is a critical enabler of Australia’s current and future communications infrastructure”, the legislative framework for managing spectrum “has become outdated”.

“Implementing the review’s recommendations will reduce the regulatory burden on spectrum users by making interactions with the framework, including allocation processes, simpler and faster,” the release states.

“The reforms will put in place arrangements that can meet the future demands of spectrum users. The framework will be simpler, more efficient, flexible and sustainable to support new and innovative technologies and services while providing certainty of spectrum access rights for users.”

As such, the government will implement the three main recommendations of the review:

– Replace the current legislative arrangements with new legislation that removes prescriptive process and streamlines licensing, for a simpler and more flexible framework.

– Better integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve the consistency and integrity of the framework.

– Review spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.

“Communications Alliance and it members look forward to working with government on the detail and implementation of the reform agenda, to help ensure that the new framework can be rolled out from mid-2017,” Stanton commented.