Spectrum Proposal Raises Concerns

European broadcasters have expressed concern over European Commission proposals to open up broadcasting bands to mobile telephony services.

Broadcasters working together on this issue — including the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Verband Privater Rundfunk und Telekommunikation (VPRT), Association Européenne des Radios (AER) and the RTL Group — said that the proposal could create significant interference problems, including sudden losses of sound or picture.

The broadcasters said they believed that market-based management of radio spectrum in the broadcasting bands is a threat to European broadcasting systems. One of the proposals, service neutrality, would allow the use of all sections of the radio spectrum for any purpose.

Additionally, the broadcasters stated that flexibility and spectrum trading may increase the revenue of some players, but may limit efficient use of the spectrum and the plurality of the offer.