Consultation on DSO legal framework opened

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has opened a consultation on the existing digital switchover legislation, saying that it restricts the Australian Government’s ability to implement a flexible switchover process that addresses the various technical and other issues affecting digital switchover in different parts of Australia.
The Department is examining possible legislative change that may be required to implement an appropriately flexible switchover process.
Among its proposals, is that smaller switchover areas are created, final decision-making authority is given at the Federal level and that the there is flexibility with the switch-off dates in each switchover area.
Responses to the consultation can be submitted up until 4 July.
The Digital Switchover Taskforce is expected to present a switchover timetable to the Government by the end of 2008.
Analogue switch-off is planned to be completed by the end of 2013.
Source: Department of Communications website
Item added: 10th June 2008