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SOS meets new UK Govt

There is concern that any possible spectrum reallocation compensation scheme for PMSE wireless system users could prove to be no more generous than the terms originally proposed by Ofcom.
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Today (14 July) saw Save Our Sound UK representatives discuss the scope of the possible spectrum compensation scheme with HM Treasury officials. While SOS UK was informed that the Treasury and BIS (Department for Buisness Innovation and Skills) are seeking to identify the most appropriate approach to compensation for PMSE (performance making & special events) users, there are fears in the industry that its scope could be no greater than that originally proposed by Ofcom – the reason for launching the Save Our Sound UK campaign in the first place.

In a press statement, SOS UK said that, “on current evidence”, Government would appear to be pursuing the existing line that only Channel 69-capable equipment would qualify and that compensation levels would be based on the residual value of equipment. The effect of this would be to exclude owners of equipment that does not tune to Channel 69 but will still be rendered redundant as a result of PMSE’s eviction from Channels 31-37 and 61-68. Additionally, owners of Channel 69 equipment would end up receiving a “small fraction” of the true value of their equipment.

Accordingly, SOS UK is concerned that the current administration may not align itself with the previous Government’s position that any compensation package should leave the PMSE sector ‘no better, no worse off’. With final decisions now pending, campaign organisers are urging supporters to contact their MPs as a matter of urgency to highlight the issues and ask them to pursue a satisfactory outcome for the PMSE sector.

For more information, see the SOS UK website:saveoursound.wordpress.com


SOS UK meets new UK govt

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