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[ecrea] New publication - Local Public Service Television

Sat Apr 05 19:56:32 GMT 2008

>Local Identity and Spectrum Rights
>A5, two chapters, 32 pages
>ISBN: 1 899405 09 7
>Publication date: 08/04/08
>£8.50 inc p&p
>Order through academic book distributors or ( /at/
>The terrestrial delivery of spectrum is always 
>local. Combinations of local transmissions from 
>relays and transmitters are configured to 
>provide regional, nation and state-wide service 
>distribution. The television broadcast spectrum 
>bands remain crucially important because these 
>can be received using existing TV aerials and 
>the network of terrestrial television 
>transmitters has been supported by the TV 
>licence fee. In short, the network of UK 
>transmitters is supported by direct public 
>investment from viewers while spectrum can only 
>be used efficiently if the actual number of 
>viewers of each service is compared with all 
>possible users. Research suggests that local 
>television will be more watched than the more 
>marginal television channels that might 
>otherwise occupy local spectrum - the 'digital 
>dividend' released with digital switchover.
>It's only be a matter of time before the 
>goodwill between the commercial public service 
>television companies (eg ITV and SMG) to support 
>1152 transmitters to reach 98.5% of households 
>is threatened by digital competition from 
>services delivered using just 80 transmitters 
>reaching 90% of the population (unevenly 
>distributed by region and nation). Yet, the 
>television licence fee is financing the 
>construction of a comprehensive public service 
>digital TV network, and it is this wide reaching 
>asset, with ample spectrum available for local 
>use, which local television requires to deliver 
>a universal public service, state-wide.
>Following Professor Martin Caves report to the 
>Treasury in 2002, economic opinion on spectrum 
>use has refocused the language of communications 
>regulation to depend on the feelings and 
>attitudes of the participants in the discourse. 
>Shifting spectrum regulation into markets will 
>absolve Government, regulator and operators of 
>responsibility for spectrum use by defining 
>value and waste in market rather than technically efficient terms.
>Yet regulation of the electromagnetic spectrum 
>represents, and might continue to represent, a 
>democratic purpose, providing a shared benefit, 
>however sub-divided, as a common good. For 
>spectrum to retain this public value the 
>devolved administrations and local authorities 
>must assert spectrums democratic as well as 
>economic purpose, securing spectrum use for each 
>nation, region and local area to introduce a 
>more reflective communications regulation 
>through locally accountable spectrum use.
>Dave Rushton
>Director, Institute of Local Television and
>Public Interest Fellow, Department of Geography 
>& Sociology, University of Strathclyde

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
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(January 2008)

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