Response to RNLI-RF Licences

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Response to RNLI-RF Licences

Post by allthegearnoidea on Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:22 am

Friday 27 November 2009
RNLI-RF-licences - epetition response



We received a petition asking:
“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to
protect the RNLI from paying licence fees for using Maritime radio
frequencies.”

Details of Petition:
“As reported in the Sunday Telegraph on the 28th September 2008,
Ofcom wants to bring “market forces” into the maritime and aviation
communications. The RNLI will have to pay £250,000 a year, and “smaller
search and rescue charities fear they may have to close”. This proposal
must be rejected wholeheartedly.”
· Read the petition
· Petitions homepage

Read the Government’s response


Following last year’s consultation, in August 2009
Ofcom published further proposals for spectrum pricing in the maritime
sector. Those relevant to the RNLI and other safety-of-life charities
were:


  • Radio channels used by search and rescue
    organisations (including the RNLI) in the course of maritime
    emergencies are managed by HM Coastguard. These are shared channels and
    we will not be asking any individual rescue organisations to pay fees.

  • In addition, we are proposing to make available,
    free of charge, a new channel (possibly two) to be shared by search and
    rescue organisations for routine, non emergency, communications. We
    have invited rescue organisations to say whether this would be helpful
    to them.

  • Finally, where any charity, whose sole or main
    objective is the safety of human life in an emergency, requires a radio
    channel for its exclusive use, we are proposing that fees should
    continue to be discounted by 50%. Larger organisations which operate
    from multiple sites will also benefit from new “area defined licences”
    which permit an unlimited number of transmitters in the licensed area;
    these will often be much cheaper than today’s licences.


Full details of the consultation, which is set to close on 11 December 2009, are available on the Ofcom website (www.ofcom.org.uk). On completion of this consultation, Ofcom will publish a concluding statement.

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