6/8/2012 12:07:21 PM
Government scraps communications green paper
The Government has scrapped plans for a communications green paper, instead planning a series of seminars for the autumn which include examining spectrum policy.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt had planned a wider consultation into a range of issues, but these seminars will now feed into a white paper, due to be published in 2013. The seminars will be held between July and September, and will also look at the likes of competition in the content market. The spectrum seminar will examine maximising the value of radio frequency bands. Hunt has been criticised recently for his relationship with News Corp during its bid for BSkyB.
Hunt said: 'The UK’s communications sector is one of the strongest in the world. We must ensure the sector can grow by being at the forefront of new developments in the industry.
'It is essential that we set the right conditions for the industry to enable businesses to grasp the opportunities created by new technology.'
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