According to Helen Goodman, the Shadow Minister
for Media, the UK Government and Ofcom should
hurry up to come up with solutions as to what should be done with
2m UK households which use Freeview (digital TV)
and the potential interference 4G mobile broadband services might
It has been found that the upcoming auction of the 800MHz
spectrum band for the next generation mobile broadband is likely to
disrupt TV services for some households, with Goodman underlining
that Ofcom has yet to provide adequate recommendations "as how
to deal with this issue".
She wrote an open letter to Ed Vaizey, Minister
for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, saying:
"At the moment it is unclear whether the Government will
compensate people affected or expect the industry to do.
"It is also equally unclear whether people will have enough
time and support to mitigate the potential effect of interference
before 4G services commence.
"When will Ofcom be making recommendations and will you
undertake to resolve these issues by the time of the summer
She summarised saying that if no action is taken, millions of
people will see their Freeview services severely disrupted. She
stressed that such a situation would be "completely
Ofcom has set aside £180m in order to fit
special filters or help those affected switch their services -
however this might be not enough to help all 2m homes. Ofcom is on
the case to have this revised, as SimplifyDigital understands.