Draft instruments for the digital dividend auction | ACMA

Draft instruments for the digital dividend auction

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is conducting a consultation on the draft legislative instruments for the digital dividend auction. The ACMA is preparing to hold the digital dividend auction in April 2013, where it will reallocate parts of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands by issuing spectrum licences.

Between April and July 2012, the ACMA ran two rounds of consultation on the draft legislative instruments. After considering submissions from stakeholders, the ACMA has made some changes and is now preparing to finalise the instruments.

Once finalised, the instruments will provide the legal basis for the auction. The instruments describe the products being offered and set the rules and procedures that will govern the auction. The instruments will be incorporated into the Applicant Information Package, which will be released in November 2012.

The draft instruments are:

  1. two marketing plans (one for the 700 MHz band and one for the 2.5 GHz band), to be made under section 39A of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act)

  2. an allocation determination, to be made under section 60 of the Act.

To help interested parties make a submission to this consultation process, the ACMA has prepared summaries of the key changes in the draft instruments, which are available here.

Written submissions

Submissions to this consultation may be made to the ACMA:

By email: majorspectrumallocations@acma.gov.au

By mail:Manager, Major Spectrum Allocations SectionThe Australian Communications and Media AuthorityPO Box 13112 Law CourtsMelbourne Vic 8010

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 19 September 2012.

Electronic submissions in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format are preferred.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Cheung on (03) 9963 6837 or email majorspectrumallocations@acma.gov.au.

Background

The ACMA is preparing to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands in April 2013. The auction is referred to as the ‘digital dividend auction’.

The ACMA will reallocate the spectrum using the combinatorial clock auction methodology.

Between April and July 2012, the ACMA ran two rounds of formal consultation on the draft legislative instruments. Information on the first and second round consultations can be found on the Engage website.

At the end of this consultation period, the ACMA will consider all comments and finalise the instruments. The ACMA expects to make final versions of the instruments in November 2012.

Further information on the digital dividend auction can be found on our Engage website.


Last updated: 19 May 2017

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