Nigel Huddleston – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Nigel Huddleston on 2016-02-03.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Ofcom on (a) allocating additional resources and (b) developing additional measures to monitor accidental interference to programme making and special events services from (i) licence-exempt and (ii) manually configure white space devices.

Mr Edward Vaizey

Government considers Ofcom’s existing powers of enforcement sufficient to address interference from unlicensed use at this time. Ofcom is working with the Federation of Communication Services to develop a Code of Practice for the installation of manually configured white space devices. Ofcom also plans to conduct early-phase compliance checks on licensees of manually configured devices.