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UK PMSE funding scheme deadline approaches

In other spectrum-related news, BEIRG has received an extension to Ofcom’s current consultation on a new generation of ‘geolocation’ wireless devices.

In other spectrum-related news, BEIRG has received an extension to Ofcom’s current consultation on a new generation of ‘geolocation’ wireless devices, writes David Davies.

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.

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 or call the helpline free of charge on 0800 011 3617.

Meanwhile, BEIRG (British Entertainment Industry Radio Group) – whose Pro User Group has been a prime mover in supporting the interests of PMSE throughout the spectrum debate – has successfully lobbied for a longer period in which to respond to the current Ofcom consultation on a new generation of geolocation database-consulting wireless devices (read PSN-e’s previous story here: The group had claimed that the original four-week timeframe for responses constituted an “insufficient period” to spread the word about the consultation and discuss the proposals. But whilst BEIRG now has until 1 February to respond, the extension does not apply to all other interested parties, who are currently due to file their comments by 7 February.

BEIRG is pressing for a universal extension of the consultation until 1 February and urges interested parties to write to Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards (, endorsing the group’s request for an extension. It is also suggested that individuals contact their local MP to raise awareness of the issue. Contact details for MPs can be found by doing a search here (, whilst BEIRG has also readied sample letters for Richards, available here, and MPs, available here.