December 20, 2007

Public Comment Invited on Draft Policy for Specifying Amount Calculation concerning the Review of the Spectrum User Fee

MIC convened the Study Group on the Spectrum User Fee System (Chair: Prof. TAGAYA Kazuteru, Faculty of Law and Economics, Chiba University) in April 2007 to facilitate the triennial review of the Spectrum User Fee System. To ensure the sound use of spectrums, the Study Group has since verified the details of the administrative work that is financed by spectrum user fees and studied how to enhance fairness in the spectrum user fee structure. On July 26, 2007, it released its Report from the Study Group on the Spectrum User Fee System, which covers the next spectrum user fee system, the use of the fees, and the amounts.

MIC has recently developed a Draft Policy for Specifying Amount Calculation concerning the Review of the Spectrum User Fee after considering the report, and now invites comments from the public, including radio stations licensees, on the draft policy until Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

[Background]
During the fourteen years following the introduction of the radio spectrum user fee system in 1993, the use of spectrums for broadband, mobile and digitized communications has accelerated, and a wide variety of sophisticated businesses that use spectrums have been newly launched. As spectrums have become indispensable infrastructure to realize a ubiquitous network society, efficient use of limited and valuable spectrums has become increasingly important. In response to these changes, there are demands for a study on the spectrum user fee system, including the review of the system.

Under these circumstances, MIC convened the Study Group in April this year to conduct a study considering the review of the spectrum user fee system, and the Study Group released its report on July 26 this year.

MIC now invites public comment, including licensees' comments, on the draft policy it has developed after considering the report.

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