Spectrum Management Principles
ACMA released the Principles for Spectrum Management and the Response to Submissions on the Draft Spectrum Management Principles on 31 March 2009 following consideration of the views expressed by stakeholders in response to the discussion paper.
The final Principles are:
- Allocate spectrum to the highest value use or uses
- Enable and encourage spectrum to move to its highest value use or uses
- Use the least cost and least restrictive approach to achieving policy objectives
- To the extent possible, promote both certainty and flexibility
- Balance the cost of interference and the benefits of greater spectrum utilisation
Submissions to the consultation paper on ACMA's draft spectrum management principles closed on 31 July 2008. ACMA received 42 submissions to the consultation paper. We have noted which of these are combined submissions to more than one of the spectrum management consultation papers released by ACMA during April 2008.
ACMA invited comments and feedback on the spectrum management principles that were proposed in this paper. When finalised, ACMA intends to use these principles to guide its approach to spectrum management initiatives.
The first chapter of the discussion paper provides information on ACMA’s consultation arrangements, including details on how to make submissions on this consultation paper, and ACMA’s policies on the publication of consultation submissions.
Chapter two provides introductory information including a description of the legislative and policy environment and the aims of the principles.
Chapter three sets out principles of good regulatory process and outlines the total welfare standard framework which ACMA will use to assess feasible options.
Chapter four discusses general regulatory issues.
Chapter five sets out the proposed spectrum management principles.
Appendix one outlines some recent initiatives towards spectrum liberalisation by regulators in other jurisdictions.
As set out in Chapter five, the principles that ACMA is proposing are:
- allocate spectrum to the highest value use or uses;
- enable and encourage users to move spectrum to its highest value use or uses;
- use the least cost and least restrictive approach to achieving policy objectives;
- balance certainty and flexibility; and
- balance the cost of interference and the benefits of greater spectrum utilisation.
Enquiries about the draft spectrum management principles may be made to ACMA as follows:
Mr Michael Poole