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    July July Presentation Transcript

    • The importance of business radio in the UK
      • FCS Business Radio Group report
      • Presentation to the Ofcom BRIG
      • 6 July 2007
      • Follow up to presentation on 13 March 2007
    • BR in the UK
      • The problem
      • The implications
      • The dilemma
      • The remedy
    • The problem
      • Business radio
      • Not high on the public agenda
      • Value to the economy underrated
      • Spectrum policies not always aligned to BR
    • Public agenda
      • BR – not reported in Parliament or in the media
      • Ofcom is introducing market led policies for spectrum management; it sees BR as a cottage industry in need of reform
      • BR has always been there- the world is changing around it
    • Value to the economy underrated
      • Key areas where BR provides essential support to organisations and businesses
      • Health and safety
      • Disaster recovery and business continuity
      • Operational efficiency
      • Dedicated bespoke services
      • FCS case studies- none can function without BR and there is no alternative;
      • BR provides social benefit as well as economic benefit
    • Economic value of BR
      • FCS research shows:
      • In the public sector the ratio of BR investment to organisation turnover approx 1:30
      • For a manufacturing plant that cannot operate without radio systems a £10k radio system supports £100 million plant
      • Major construction project valued at £5 billion supported by a £2million radio system
      • Leverage factor of BR is 1:30 to 1:2500
      • BR contribution to economy from the sector is £1-2 billion pa, but leveraged value is £ 30 billion upwards.
    • The implications
      • The regulator does not see BR as a special case but the guinea pig for new spectrum policies
      • Broadcasters have admin pricing of spectrum 14 years after BR
      • Spectrum policy decisions impact sector viability
      • Recent auction decisions – now spectrum in 380-430 MHZ [suitable for Tetra] in hands of one company- and OFT is investigating the competition implications
      • How can the companies and organisations that require BR services and certain access to spectrum in future continue?
    • The dilemma
      • BR requires certain access to spectrum in future
      • Ofcom has the single delivery mechanism of an auction
      • The two are incompatible
    • The remedy
      • Access to radio spectrum for business radio- UK spectrum policy
      • EU- EP says spectrum management should facilitate the coexistence of different types of licensing models traditional administration and market based approaches.
      • Ofcom consumer panel says Ofcom should think about a spectrum bank for socially beneficial services
      • Ofcom consultation on PMSE- listened to vocal entertainment lobby and has given preferential treatment
      • FCS says Ofcom should think more about its spectrum policy application to BR and refine it according to BR needs
      • Safety of life, business efficiency and disaster recovery must be acknowledged as a special case and Ofcom’s spectrum allocation policies recognise this
      • Look into a negotiated route for spectrum access for BR
    • Importance of Business Radio to the UK
      • As FCS chairman Adrian Grilli says
      • “When people are trapped in their cars in a motorway pile up what’s more important- getting footage in the evening news or life saving treatment of the injured?”
      • Ofcom over to you.