Registration for the UK Government funding scheme established to help PMSE (performance making & special events) users meet the costs of replacing licensed Channel 69 wireless equipment will close on 31 December.
Under the scheme – which was announced on 5 August (read PSN-e’s coverage here) – eligible users are expected to receive “roughly 55%” of the expenses accrued from replacing or converting systems that will be rendered inoperable by 2012 spectrum reallocation.
At time of writing (30 Nov), around 25% of eligible users have registered for the scheme, although an Ofcom spokesperson tells PSN-e that interest is expected to "rise more sharply" as the deadline approaches.
Eligible applicants will have held a valid WT Act Channel 69 licence for at least part of the period between 3 February 2008 and 2 February 2009 inclusive. The exception to this will be equipment hiring companies that can prove their Channel 69 business exclusively involves renting out (and not installing or operating) Channel 69 equipment. The equipment must be in working condition and capable of tuning to Channel 69 but not to Channel 38 – the principal new home for PMSE users. It must have been purchased before 30 June 2009.
Users who consider themselves eligible for funding must register their claim by 31 December 2010. Any claim received after this date will not be accepted under the terms of the funding scheme.
Applicants can register and manage their claims online at www.pmsefunding.co.uk or call the helpline free of charge on 0800 011 3617.