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Spectrum auctions survive Euro vote

Posted by malcolm on Friday, September 26th, 2008 at 11:00

The European Parliament voted through the Telecoms package this week, including measures that will continue to allow Ofcom to auction spectrum to the highest bidder. Member States will be permitted to waive spectrum license fees in the national interest, and purchasers will be able to resell spectrum if permitted by the national regulator. The package does not include previously-rumoured plans for spectrum to be reserved for EU-wide services nor any designation of spectrum as reserved for broadband access, leaving Ofcom free auction spectrum to high-bidding TV and telephone networks unhindered except for the obligation to conduct it on a technology-neutral basis. More details at The Register.

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