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Principles of spectrum management discussion paper - IFC 03/2008

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:

  1. Allocate spectrum to the highest value use or uses
  2. Enable and encourage spectrum to move to its highest value use or uses
  3. Use the least cost and least restrictive approach to achieving policy objectives
  4. To the extent possible, promote both certainty and flexibility
  5. Balance the cost of interference and the benefits of greater spectrum utilisation

Submissions received

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.

Discussion paper

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.

The consultation paper (Word 1.8 mb) or (PDF 228 kb) is available on the ACMA website.


The ACMA received 42 submissions to the consultation paper on the draft spectrum management principles.

A number of the submissions also addressed the other spectrum management consultation papers released by the ACMA during April 2008:

  • Spectrum Options: 403-520 MHz - Initial consultation on future arrangements for the 400 MHz band (400 MHz)
  • Independent Review of Government Spectrum Holdings (IRGSH)
  • Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2009-2013 (FYSO)

Where a submission relates to more than one paper, this is noted in the table below.

The ACMA is currently considering these submissions. For information, please contact spectrumprinciples@acma.gov.au

Note:

  1. A number of submissions include comments on the frequency band from 380 to 399.9 MHz. This band was not part of the Spectrum Options: 403-520 MHz discussion paper.

Organisation/Person

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Other papers commented on

AeroMobile

144 kb

 

Ai Australian Industry Group

45 kb

 

ASCIANO Ltd (Pacific National)

481 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

AsiaSpace

83 kb

 

AUSTAR United Communications

65 kb

Australasian Railway Association

262 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

116 kb

 

Australian Crime Commission 

1.33 mb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

Australian Federal Police

954 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

108 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association

163 kb

 

Australian Radio Communications Industry Association

1.4 mb

Australian Telecommunications Users Group Limited

62 kb

FYSO

Australian Wireless Audio Group

271 kb

 

Bureau of Meteorology

30 kb

Commercial Radio Australia

152 kb

FYSO

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

215 kb

FYSO

Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia

176 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

CSIRO

49 kb

Department of Defence

213 kb

Department of Emergency Services (Queensland Government)

48 kb

Energex

28 kb

Free TV Australia

114 kb

Geoscience Australia

200 kb

Google Australia

133 kb

IRGSH, FYSO

Horizon Broadband Communications

119 kb

Hutchison 

758 kb

FYSO

Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator (NSW) 

56 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government Portfolio (including Airservices Australia, Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Office of Transport Security)

26 kb

IRGSH

Intel

33 kb

Intelsat Asia Carrier Services

704 kb

IRGSH, FYSO

Motorola Australia

41 kb

National Coordinating Committee for Government Radiocommunications

240 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

NSW Government

174 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

NSW Police 

59 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

Optus

106 kb

Queensland Rail Network

96 kb

400 MHz, IRGSH, FYSO

RailCorp NSW 

384 kb

IRGSH, FYSO

Sky Station Australia

2.6 mb

Telstra

403 kb

Unwired Australia

148 kb

IRGSH, FYSO

Vodafone

1.7 mb

FYSO

Last updated: 12 September 2016