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New taxation arrangements for PMTS apparatus licences in the 700 MHz band

Issue for comment 2/2013

The ACMA is consulting on a proposal to introduce an annual apparatus licence tax for the PMTS Class B licence in the 703–748 MHz and 758–803 MHz (the 700 MHz) band.

As noted in the guide to the digital dividend auction, ‘for the 700 MHz band, it is possible that incumbent broadcasting services may vacate the spectrum in some areas prior to the commencement of the spectrum licences issued for the band as a result of the auction. In such cases, winning bidders will be able to apply to the ACMA to be issued apparatus licences for the period until the spectrum licences commences. The ACMA will consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.’

The ACMA considers that the PMTS Class B licence is the most appropriate type of licence that could be used to allow access for the period until the spectrum licences in the 700 MHz band commence. However, an annual licence tax for a PMTS Class B licence has not previously been set for the 700 MHz band. The taxation arrangements proposed for the 700 MHz band require an amendment to the Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2).

A consultation paper detailing the proposal is available in Word (.docx 131 kb) or PDF (274 kb) formats.

Making submissions

The ACMA invites written submissions on the matters discussed in this consultation paper.

Submissions closed on 22 February 2013.

Submissions should be made:

By email:

By mail:

Spectrum Pricing Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Law Courts
Melbourne Vic 8010

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Last updated: 08 May 2017