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ACMA Calls for Feedback on Spectrum Licence Taxes

The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) is proposing to remake the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Determination 2014.

Each year on 11 October, the ACMA imposes a spectrum licence tax, as set out in the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Determination 2014.  This tax recovers  the indirect costs of spectrum management activities, such as international coordination, domestic planning, interference investigation and policy development, and the costs of the electromagnetic energy (EME) program from spectrum licensees. 

In remaking the determination, ACMA is proposing:

  • that the spectrum-licensed bands in the determination will remain, but some of the frequency ranges included in the determination can be merged
  • to include a new number of spectrum bands and base amounts to reflect additional bands designated for spectrum licensing, including the 3.4 GHz band, the 850/900 MHz bands, the 26 GHz band and the renewal of spectrum licences in the 20 and 30 GHz bands.

The new determination would include the following new and amended frequency ranges for spectrum licences:

  • 850/900 MHz band, including the downshift spectrum
  • 3.4 GHz band
  • 20 GHz and 30 GHz band
  • 26 GHz band.

The ACMA has invited comment on the proposals set out in the consultation by COB, Thursday 12 August 2021.


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