2011 Options for Managing the Radio Frequency Spectrum

The Communications Commission invited written responses by 11 November 2011 to this consultation paper, which sought views on how the use of radio frequency spectrum should be managed within the Isle of Man. Spectrum is a key input for the provision of electronic communication services and networks. It is used to provide both mobile and fixed telecommunication services to residential consumers and businesses and it is used to provide both television and radio broadcasting. Radio spectrum is a major asset and the appropriate management of this finite resource is essential to ensure that services using spectrum continue to function and develop. Radio spectrum does not recognise national boundaries and there has to be global agreement on how the airwaves are defined, allocated and used without harmful interference between the various wireless services around the world. Spectrum management by its nature is complex and technical.