[opendtv] Volunteers' body urges Ofcom spectrum rethink

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 11:37:37 -0400

I haven't seen any example of such civic awareness here. Everyone uses
the same words, "this valuable resource," but obviously the words have
different meaning in different countries. Over here, "valuable" means
"let's try some new scheme to download iTunes."



Volunteers' body urges Ofcom spectrum rethink

Community Services Volunteers (CSV), the UK's largest volunteering
organisation and operator of the biggest national network of social
action broadcasting, is urging Ofcom to guarantee that money is not the
only factor governing the use of broadcast spectrum freed up after

CSV, which operates its Action Desk network at all BBC radio stations
across England, wants to ensure that the freed-up spectrum is not sold
off to the highest bidder without considering the potential economic and
social loss to local communities.

CSV wants future spectrum users to apply for short term licences that
can be regularly reviewed to ensure that a minimum requirement for
providing content of social value is met. The CSV call comes ahead of a
deadline for consultation by Ofcom on its Digital Dividend Review,
closing on March 20.

Damian Radcliffe, CSV's National Broadcast and Development Manager,
said: "The release of this spare capacity should benefit communities and
not be squandered. The challenge is to ensure that this valuable
resource is not simply sold to the highest bidder.

"Rather than auctioning off the airwaves, we would prefer short-term
licences to be awarded that include quotas for providing social value."

Public service broadcasters are also campaigning for spectrum to be set
aside for high-definition channels on Freeview.

Lovelace Consulting 13.03.2007
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