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BEIRG responds to Ofcom spectrum consultation

PMSE users are encouraged to read The British Entertainment Industry Radio Group’s response to Ofcom’s consultation on UHF bands IV and V, and register their support before consultation closes tomorrow at 5pm.

The British Entertainment Industry Radio Group (BEIRG) has posted its official response to Ofcom’s consultation “Securing long term benefits from scarce spectrum resources – A strategy for UHF bands IV and V”.Covered extensively by PSNEurope, the group has repeatedly voiced concern over the redevelopment of radio frequencies. BEIRG’s Alan March (pictured) stated: “This is one of the most important consultations to come out of Ofcom for some time. The conclusions drawn from responses received by Ofcom will shape the future of UHF spectrum for years to come. With this in mind, it’s critical that as many organisations as possible from our industry respond.” Ofcom’s consultation, which closes tomorrow at 5pm, focuses largely on clearing the 700MHz band for mobile broadband use, threatening the ability of PMSE (Programme Making and Special Events) users to access enough interference-free spectrum. BEIRG’s findings can be summed up in this extract from their response: “Mobile companies need to make the most of what they have, especially as spectrum is limited and must allow all spectrum-reliant industries fair access. If PMSE does not have sufficient access to spectrum, its capability to produce content will be severely hindered – even to the point where the industry will not be able to supply enough content for consumers to watch, ironically in some cases via broadband access, rendering the increased mobile broadband levels unnecessary and impacting on the service quality received. Content creation comes before content delivery. This fact should not be underestimated or ignored.” The full report, as well as a template letter to register your support for BEIRG’s response is available on the group’s website: