The PFA has made a submission to Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s review of spectrum – the essential ingredient for radio communications. We did so:
- to emphasise the critical importance of spectrum to non-commercial users like police and emergency services; and
- because of our continuing concern that the Minister for Communications and the ACMA are failing to implement the statutory obligation under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to provide adequate spectrum for law enforcement and emergency services.
Without broadband spectrum it is not possible for Australia’s public safety agencies to have inter-operable, dedicated mobile broadband communications for their day-to-day and life-saving national security, disaster and emergency operations.