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Spectrum Management and Broadcasting: Current Issues

Cave, Martin (2006): Spectrum Management and Broadcasting: Current Issues. Published in: International Journal of Digital Economics No. 62 (June 2006): pp. 19-34.


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Broadcasting policy has traditionally been supported by a 'command-and-control' system of assigning frequencies for terrestrial transmission, but this link is being eroded by the emergence of other technologies – cable, satellite, IPTV, mobile broadcasting - and by the emergence of multi-channel television, which is facilitated by digital terrestrial television. The switch off of analogue terrestrial transmission is being achieved through significant government intervention, but with diverse intentions relating to the use of the freed spectrum. It is argued, however, that the trend to liberalise spectrum policy is strong, and that this will promote the liberalisation of broadcasting.

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