UK communications regulator Ofcom has set out its plan for the next year, and wants to know if anyone disagrees with its priorities. Among the plans for next year is the promise of complaints submission through its website, so X Factor viewers won't have to hold their ire until the morning. The regulator will also take a look at …
I've got a ZX81 in the loft they can have...
The 600MHz band is likely to be used for national TV multiplexes. Arqiva - the owner and operator of the transmitter sites, and also the owner and operator of two of the six existing multiplexes - have written a couple of studies for Ofcom indicating how the channels could be allocated to give two or three new national multiplexes.
Arqiva have been asked to provide a Reference Offer for digital TV transmission - outlining costs and terms and conditions, to allow broadcasters to decide whether to bid. This was supposed to be in by the end of November, but it hasn't yet appeared on Ofcom's or Arqiva's website. However, Ofcom can be very slow in publishing documents on their website.
The letter from Ofcom instructing Arqiva to provide this offer is still couched in vague terms, not guaranteeing that it will be granted to TV, nor guaranteeing the national plan proposed. However, in the original consultation, the broadcasters were clear that they wanted this band, while the phone companies were much more reluctant to commit.
Regulated by OFCOM - what could possibly go wrong?
OFCOM are expanding their regulatory powers?!? Success and OFCOM - two words you're unlikely to see in the same sentence.
As for including a live complaints system on their website - how 21st century. Wasn't that a customer requirement 10 years ago?
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