Industry consideration of proposed Coverage Management System
On Thursday 23 July 2009, the ACMA decided not to implement the proposed Coverage Management System (CMS) as a planning tool for digital radio at this time.
In making its decision, the ACMA considered:
- All submissions made regarding the proposed CMS in November 2008.
- Results of the CMS trial in Geelong, supplied by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA).
- Views put forward at an industry meeting in April 2009.
- Further submissions made to the ACMA as late as 6 July 2009.
Submissions to the discussion paper regarding a proposed CMS closed on 11 November 2008.
The ACMA received 15 submissions to the discussion paper, as listed below.
- Austereo (61 kb)
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (136 kb)
- Australian Radio Network (68 kb)
- Broadcast Australia (394 kb)
- Broadcast Management Solutions (182 kb)
- Commercial Radio Australia (79 kb)
- Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (118 kb)
- DMG Radio Australia (75 kb)
- Grant Broadcasters (45 kb)
- The Hot Tomato Broadcasting Co (88 kb)
- Macquarie Southern Cross Media (1 mb)
- Rebel Media (216 kb)
- Special Broadcasting Services (39 kb)
- W & L Phillips (78 kb)
- West Coast Radio (436 kb)
The ACMA invited comments from the radio broadcasting industry on a draft policy framework for a proposed CMS, as well as comments on the concept of a CMS more generally.
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) proposed the development of a CMS to address concerns regarding high levels of signal overspill into adjacent population centres when planning new digital radio services.
As part of its consideration process, the ACMA has developed a draft policy framework which, if it had been adopted, would have been used to consider the proposed CMS. The discussion paper briefly outlined a CMS proposal in general terms, sets out the draft policy framework and called for a response from industry to these issues.
Alongside the release of this discussion paper, the ACMA issued a trial licence in Geelong to test the technical feasibility of the proposal.
Enquiries about the proposed CMS can be addressed to the ACMA as follows:
Operational Policy for Allocations and Licensing Section
Sydney Central Office
Level 15, Tower 1 Darling Park
201 Sussex Street, Sydney
Mail: PO Box Q500, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Tel: (02) 9334 7700 or 1800 226 667