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Further consultation: Protecting participants in TV and radio programmes

We are proposing new rules to require broadcasters to take 'due care' of people participating in television and radio programmes, extending existing protections.

Consultation: Proposed measures to require compliance with international guidelines for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)

We are proposing to include a specific condition in Wireless Telegraphy Act licences requiring licensees to comply with the relevant levels from the ICNIRP Guidelines.


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Consultation: Improving spectrum access for wifi – spectrum use in the 5 and 6 GHz bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 17 January 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 20 March 2020

We are proposing to make the lower 6 GHz band available for wifi, to improve the wifi experience for people and businesses.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/improving-spectrum-access-for-wi-fi

Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make regulations for the award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 January 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 March 2019

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposals to make regulations for the award by auction of radio spectrum licences in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/proposal-auction-regulations-700mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz

Statement: Award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 March 2019

In this document, we set out proposals for an award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum to enable the industry to provide services with greater capacity and wider coverage.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/award-700mhz-3.6-3.8ghz-spectrum

Consultation: Proposed measures to require compliance with international guidelines for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)

  • Consultation
  • Start: 21 February 2020
  • Status: Open
  • End: 15 May 2020

We are proposing to include a specific condition in Wireless Telegraphy Act licences requiring licensees to comply with the relevant levels from the ICNIRP Guidelines.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/limiting-exposure-to-emf

Consultation: Supporting innovation in the 100-200 GHz range

  • Consultation
  • Start: 17 January 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 20 March 2020

We are proposing to enable greater access to Extremely High Frequency (EHF) spectrum in the 100-200 GHz frequency range, given the potential to support a range of new wireless services in the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/supporting-innovation-100-200-ghz

Statement: Promoting competition and investment in fibre networks – Measures to support Openreach's trial in Salisbury

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 24 July 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 06 September 2019

The statement sets out our decision to make the changes proposed in the consultation, and also a related consultation published in November 2019.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/measures-support-openreach-trial-salisbury

Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make regulations for the award of 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum – Proposals to make the auction regulations

  • Consultation
  • Start: 28 October 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 December 2019

We have set out our proposals for making the auction regulations necessary to implement our revised design for the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum auction.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/auction-regulations-award-700-mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz-spectrum

Consultation: Proposed Plan of Work 2020-21

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 January 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 25 February 2020

We have today set out our planned programme of work for the next financial year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/plan-of-work-2020-21

Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s proposals for changes to the licence exemption for Wireless Telegraphy Devices

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 December 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 17 January 2020

We are proposing to revoke the licence exemption for the use of Railway Level Crossing Radar Sensor Systems and to introduce a national licence for this equipment.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/proposal-changes-licence-exemption-wireless-telegraphy-devices

Consultation: Award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands – Revised proposals on auction design

  • Consultation
  • Start: 28 October 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 December 2019

We are consulting on revised proposals for the auction spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/award-700-mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz-spectrum-revised-proposals

Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s proposals to amend the spectrum trading and register regulations

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 October 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 03 December 2019

We propose to update the spectrum trading and register regulations to include the new Shared Access Licences and Local Access Licences.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/proposal-amend-spectrum-trading-and-register-regulations

Statement: Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 12 July 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 05 September 2019

We have decided to change the technical parameters allowed for licence exempt in-vehicle low gain mobile phone repeaters and amend the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) Regulations 2018 to implement these changes.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposal-wireless-telegraphy-regulations

Statement: Enabling wireless innovation through local licensing

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 March 2019

This statement explains how we will allow more people and businesses to use spectrum from a choice of frequency bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/enabling-opportunities-for-innovation

Statement: Notice of proposal to vary 3.4 GHz radio spectrum licences

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 18 April 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 19 May 2019

We are consulting on proposals made by four licensees to amend the technical conditions of four Spectrum Access 3.4 GHz licences, one Spectrum Access 3.5 GHz licence and one Spectrum Access 3.6 GHz licence.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/proposal-vary-3.4ghz-radio-spectrum-licences

Statement: Annual Licence Fees for UK Broadband’s 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 17 December 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 11 February 2019

We are today making the regulations which give effect to this decision. The new fees will become effective on 17 July 2019 (in respect of the 3.4 GHz spectrum) and 31 July 2019 (in respect of the 3.6 GHz spectrum)..

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/annual-licence-fees-3.4-ghz-3.6-ghz-spectrum

Consultation: Defragmentation of spectrum holdings in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 June 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 July 2019

We are consulting on new proposals to help defragment the 3.4-3.8 GHz band.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/defragmentation-spectrum-holdings

Statement: Making of certain regulations in connection with the award of 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum - Notice of making a limitation order and amending the mobile trading and the register regulations

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 31 January 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 March 2019

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposals to make four statutory instruments in connection with the award of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6–3.8 GHz bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/regulations-award-700-mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz

Statement: Ofcom's Annual Plan 2019/20

  • Consultation
  • Start: 03 December 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 08 February 2019

Statement of our plan of work for the next financial year(2019/20).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/annual-plan-2019-20

Consultation: Coverage obligations in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum award - Ofcom’s approach to verifying compliance

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 January 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 March 2019

In this document, we set out for stakeholders the criteria and methodology we propose to impose for assessing compliance with the proposed coverage obligations, including the coverage model we intend to use.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/coverage-obligations-in-the-700-mhz-and-3.6-3.8-ghz-spectrum-award

Statement: Satellite filings cost recovery

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 14 June 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 06 September 2018

Ofcom consulted on proposals for satellite filing charges in June 2018, and received support for our preferred charging option, with some refinements suggested. This statement sets out the charges that we are now introducing, and serves as our Notice of Charges for 2019/20.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/satellite-filings-cost-recovery