Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (124)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

124. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when he will review the spectrum policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9971/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

As Minister with overall responsibility for spectrum policy, I am committed to ensuring that our National spectrum resource is assigned and used effectively. The day to day management of spectrum is a matter for ComReg. Spectrum is used for a variety of purposes and its value to society and the economy are demonstrated clearly in the most recent multiband spectrum auction by ComReg and in the successful Digital TV Switchover last year.

The National Broadband Plan, which was published in August 2012, outlined the Government’s commitment to reviewing and updating spectrum policy on a consultative basis.

This review, which will include revising and up-dating the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1926, is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2013. I intend that this will be a comprehensive review and will include a public consultation process. I hope to be in a position to issue a policy paper, in this regard, in early 2014 with any new legislative measures being dealt with subsequently.