Ofcom publishes draft plan for next year

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has set out four priorities in its draft pan for its next financial year.

The first is to develop the spectrum market by releasing new spectrum, promoting trading and accelerating liberalisation to help the UK get the most from its airwaves. The move will include awarding the digital dividend, the spectrum that will be released by the switchover to digital television, as well as spectrum in the 2.6GHz band.

The second is to promote competition in converging markets through market reviews of fixed telecommunications, the delivery of BT's Undertakings, clear regulation for next-generation access, and more competition in pay TV. Ofcom will also consider how regulation of the mobile sector should develop.

The third part of Ofcom’s workplan will consider how public-service broadcasting should be delivered in future, and to develop an approach to the evolution of radio. This strand of the work will also look at access and inclusion, by understanding what stops services being used by some sectors of society.

The fourth part of next year’s plan will work on consumer protection policies and media literacy.

The plan is a draft, with public consultation closing on 12 February.

The draft plan can be found at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/draftap0910/

Details of Ofcom’s public consultation meetings are here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/draftap0910/invite

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