Issue for comment 13/2013
The ACMA received a total of 24 submissions (with 1 submission provided in-confidence) in response to the Review of the Operation of Low Power Open Narrowcasting (LPON) services discussion paper. The submissions are available below.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has released the Review of the Operation of Low Power Open Narrowcasting (LPON) services discussion paper to seek industry comments on arrangements for LPON services.
LPON services are low power radio broadcasting services which operate in the FM broadcasting services bands between 87.5—108 MHz. These services provide niche radio services on a range of content including tourist information, music and religious programming. LPON services have been in existence for approximately 20 years.
The ACMA committed to a review of the operation of LPON services in its Five-year spectrum outlook 2011-2015. To facilitate the review, the ACMA has extended the expiry date for LPON apparatus licences until 31 December 2014.
The ACMA has released the discussion paper to seek comment on the following issues:
- the potential to consolidate the LPON sector into the 87.5 to 88 MHz sub-band following the closure of analogue television stations in mid-2013 and the availability of exclusion zones in the 87.5-88 MHz band
- the continued efficacy of a price-based allocation system for the issue of LPON licences
- the ongoing requirement for ‘anti-hoarding’ licence conditions
- interference management requirements for LPON services.
The discussion paper is available in Word (.docx 121 kb) or PDF formats (283 kb).
The ACMA invites written submissions on the matters canvassed in this discussion paper.
Submissions must be received by Friday, 5 April 2013.
Respondents are encouraged to make submissions by:
Email to: IPS@acma.gov.au
Infrastructure Policy Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Melbourne Vic 8010
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives.
The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide particular information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.
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The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.