The Australian Communications and Media Authority has updated a consultation paper seeking comments on changes to apparatus licence taxes. Originally released in December 2019, one of the proposals was to extend the apparatus licence tax frequency range for some licences in the 3.5 GHz band.
The original consultation paper stated an incorrect frequency range. The paper has been amended and now correctly states that the frequency range is 3425–3475 MHz.
The ACMA is looking to change apparatus licence taxes. This will account for inflation, with a 1.6 per cent increase in taxes.
As flagged in the Five-year spectrum outlook 2019–23, ACMA has had a freeze on taxes for fixed services below the 960 MHz band in remote areas. It is seeking views on lifting the freeze.
ACMA also wants to extend the apparatus licence tax frequency range for some licences in the 3.5 GHz band.
There is another consultation paper looking at changes to taxes for space apparatus licences. The ACMA also welcomes comments on those changes.
The consultation closes on 3 February 2020.