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Committee announces new inquiry into Spectrum

10 May 2011

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is today launching a new inquiry into Spectrum.

Terms of reference

The Committee will be inviting written submissions and requesting views on the following issues:

  • Whether the proposed method of spectrum allocation promotes, or hinders, competition in the provision of mobile broadband services;
  • whether the upcoming auction can provide value for money for tax payers and how that should be balanced with benefits for consumers;
  • the potential for next generation mobile internet services offered by the forthcoming availability of spectrum;
  • whether the upcoming auction can deliver improved mobile broadband coverage in rural areas, as well as cities;
  • whether licence fees for mobile operators have previously been set at appropriate levels, and how this should be assessed;
  • how the position of the UK compares with other countries, with regards to the allocation and utilisation of mobile broadband spectrum;
  • the possible impact on alternative uses for spectrum.

How to respond

The Committee is inviting written submissions on the above and other matters relevant to the inquiry. A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and have ‘Spectrum’ in the subject line. Submissions should be received by Tuesday 7 June 2011.