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450-470 MHz band alignment

The risks of not aligning the 450-470 MHz band are:

in the future, there may be an increase in demand for spectrum (to expand existing radio services or to provide new services) which could exceed supply, delaying or hindering the development of such services;

some radio users in the band may continue to experience Continental interference;

current spectrum may be used inefficiently;

existing users or new users wanting to provide radio services to customers in both the UK and Europe will not be able to operate on the same frequencies as in Europe, as the band will not be harmonised;

Release of military spectrum for civil use will be hindered, as the current spectrum configuration will not support non-operational military requirements.

1.7Statutory consultation

In accordance with the provisions of the 1949 Wireless Telegraphy Act, RA will publish notices in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes detailing the substance of the proposed alignment project. Shorter notices will be posted in the equivalent publications in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is also intended to place copies of these notices on the RA website. In addition, this consultation document will be published on the RA website, on the UK Online register of consultations and in hard copy.

1.8Regulatory Impact Assessment

RA is required to complete and publish a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) before any changes are made to the 450-470 MHz band. A draft initial RIA is attached to this document (Annex A) and will be developed in the light of responses to this consultation. Comments on the draft RIA are therefore particularly welcome.

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