More than 100 media and cultural organisations and artists in 22 countries are calling for the UHF frequency band (470-694 MHz) to be secured in the long term for terrestrial TV broadcasting and production tools such as wireless microphones.
The addressees of the third “Call to Europe” are political decision-makers and regulatory authorities throughout Europe.
My mid-May 2023, the EU Commission intends to announce its decision for the World Radiocommunication Conference WRC-23. In the process, the frequency band used by media and cultural organisation could be transferred to mobile broadband services as part of the so-called co-primary allocation. There are also discussions about allocating part of the frequency band to organisations with security tasks. The frequencies would then no longer be available for TV and production.
On the occasion of the “Call to Europe”, the Alliance for Broadcasting and Cultural Frequencies appeals to refrain from making rash and irreversible decisions for the future of the public interest-oriented broadcasting and cultural landscape.
The text of the “Call to Europe” can be found here, the overview of the signatories is available here.