Members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have warned that EU plans to open up broadcasting bands to mobile telephony could create significant interference problems.
One of the Commission's proposals, service neutrality, would allow all areas of radio spectrum to be used for any purpose. If mobile phones were permitted in the broadcasting bands, the broadcasters claim consumers may suffer from widespread and far-reaching interference, even if "sub-bands" for mobile applications were introduced in the broadcasting bands.
The statement argues that, "market-based management of radio spectrum in the broadcasting bands is a threat to Europe's broadcasting systems" and warn that while "flexibility and spectrum trading may increase the revenue of some players, [it] may limit efficient use of the spectrum and the plurality of the offer."
While the broadcasters welcome the Commission recognition of the need to allow for exceptions to the principle of service neutrality, the statement claims that because the structures of broadcasting and media markets around Europe differ widely, so do public needs and expectations and call for EU member states to retain their freedom to decide on spectrum use in the broadcasting bands, in order to promote their "audiovisual policies, media pluralism, cultural and linguistic diversity".
DTG Staff | 15.11.2007