DTI starts consultation on radio spectrum laws - Embedded.com

DTI starts consultation on radio spectrum laws

LONDON — The Department of Trade and Industry Wednesday (Aug 4) launched a consultation seeking views on a proposal to consolidate into a single Act various pieces of legislation that provide the legal basis for the management of radio spectrum.

Currently there are six separate Acts directly relating to various aspects of regulating the use of radio spectrum. A consolidated act would combine these under a single piece of primary legislation greatly improving clarification, reference and use.

The consolidation Bill is restricted to reproducing the effect of the existing legislation, so there will be no policy changes to the way in which radio spectrum is managed.

The consultation is to seek views from all interested parties and the final date for responses www.dti.gov.uk/consultations is October 28, 2004.

The Law Commission, as part of its ongoing review of legislation generally, has recommended that existing wireless telegraphy legislation should be consolidated. The proposed bill would consolidate the following:

Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967 (Part 2)Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1984Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998Certain provisions of the Communications Act 2003.

The consolidation Bill is restricted to reproducing the effects of existing legislation and the DTI is not proposing changes to existing law. The DTI does expect to use the powers conferred by section 407 of the Communications Act 2003 to deal with inconsistencies and technical points affecting the current legislation.

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