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Feb 29, 2016

A balanced EU legislation on UHF is necessary if the EU wants to develop a succesful Digital Future

On February 29th, a delegation of the Wider Spectrum Group asked to put culture higher in the implementation of the Digital Single Market as they cultural industries are a core driver for the digital economy. The group underlined that the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union needs to better reflect the guidance of the Lamy Report and take into account the opinion of the EU spectrum management administrations.
The delegation which comprised Media and Entertainment trade unions, content producers, live performance, public and commercial TV and radios, network operators and special event technicians was testimonial to the rich ecosystem present in the European Audio Visual Model and Creative Sector and the fact that it relies on frequencies as a key resource. In Europe, the creative industry is the third economic sector strongly contributing to European GDP and employment.
The delegation highlighted the need to balance the effort and investment to be made in their sectors by way of a careful designed roadmap with adequate funding followed by a long term visibility at the 2030 horizon. In Pearle's view this would be in line with the funding provided by the EU for the rolling out of broadband across Europe. Theatres, venues, producing companies need to have access to financial support and be compensated for the full costs of any replacement of new devices and equipment or other additional investment arising from the changes to spectrum usage.
The Wider Spectrum Group also expects to find clarity in the decision on regulatory certainty regarding access to spectrum below 700MHz until at least 2030 and until end of 2022 as regards the 700 MHz band, which is needed for some Member States as set out clearly in the RSPG Opinion on UHF; on PMSE , the group requested not to threaten the frequencies used by PMSE and live performance by an excessive focus on LTE-Broadcast when the introduction of such system is already possible in telecommunications bands.

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