Regarding wireless mobile not-spots that is a completely different technical challenge. The mobile challenge up till 4G was the Near-Far Problem but the technical challenge for Spectrum Sharing and Dynamic Spectrum Access is what exactly? Therefore reread the Inquiry questions and see if you can detect this distinction being present. It is not clear to me that it is so. Is the not-invented-here syndrome at play again?
Also what shall be the uplink data rate and bandwidth for global harmonised mHealth applications in a USO? Oh Dear! I shall be content to leave this to the US and the EU to harmonise the technical specifications. Oh yes, just how many MP's would be re-elected if they advocated the NHS serving only 95% of the population?
CMS Priorities for new Chief Executive of Ofcom hearing 21st July: Sharon White
Let's cast our minds back to the CMS Fourth Select Committee Report from 2002 which states:
The Government's ambitions for the UK communications sector
21. The Government has a number of ambitions for the communications sector. Three objectives were set out in the 2000 white paper:
* to make the UK home to the most dynamic and competitive communications and media market in the world;
* to ensure universal access to a choice of diverse services of the highest quality; and
* to ensure that citizens and consumers are safeguarded.
22. The Government has some further objectives, including:
* to convert TV broadcasters and viewers to digital TV and switch off the analogue signal so as to free up spectrum for other uses (such as telecommunications);
* to ensure universal Internet access across the UK by 2005; and
to create in the UK the most extensive and competitive broadband market in the G7 group of countries by 2005.
Indeed! So, what happened next?
In her first speech, The Consumer and Citizen at the heart, from 11th June delivered to the Which organisation Sharon states:
It is set out in Ofcom's founding statute - the 2003 Communications Act:
"It shall be the principal duty of Ofcom, in carrying out their functions;
a) to further the interests of citizens in relation to communications matters; and
b) to further the interests of consumers in relevant markets, where appropriate by promoting competition."
When Ofcom was established, access to a reliable internet connection or mobile phone was a 'nice to have'.
Now it is essential to the functioning of the economy, to the way people work and live their lives. It has become a necessity in the same way as gas or electricity or running water.
Interestingly all mention of their duty of Optimising Spectrum has been dropped! Note also the reversal in all Ofcom literature of Citizen and Consumer: a legacy of Collette Bowe.
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