Feeds

Under-fire Ofcom maps out emergency systems

Calls for calm consideration

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Ofcom has updated the schedule for the introduction of Administered Incentive Pricing for radio spectrum used by a variety of services, including the RNLI and mountain-rescue services, having received a deluge of comments on the original proposal.

By the end of October, when the consultation ended, Ofcom had accumulated an unprecedented 634 responses, including 356 from named individuals, 137 who wished to stay anonymous, and 141 from groups. The groups run from American Airlines to the "Bettyhill Community Council", the former providing a detailed analysis of why airlines shouldn't pay for aeronautical radio, the latter providing this simple, and rather charming, statement: "We do not wish charges to apply to the RNLI and other charitable groups involved in life-saving."

The proposals, to make everyone pay market rates for the radio spectrum they use, have been very controversial and highlighted the difficulty of applying economic theory to emotional issues such as life-saving services - despite the fact that such decisions are made in hospitals across the country every day.

Ofcom is considering all the responses, and will publish new proposals in the spring next year with a view to introducing new charges some time after April 2010. In the case of the RNLI and similar it seems likely those charges will be applied to a government department, which will then be responsible for ensuring efficient utilisation, thus side-stepping the publicity associated with being seen trying to screw money out of a life-saving charity.

The regulator will also be holding a number of "stakeholder workshops", presumably to ensure that such high-profile groups can be signed up to the next plan before it goes public. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.