Italy names Commission for access to DTT frequencies

From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy's Communications Authority (AgCom) has named the commission with the task of selecting the independent content suppliers and the national and local broadcasters that will get access to 40 per cent of the transmission capacity of the multiplexes managed by RAI, Elettronica Industriale (Mediaset group) and Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting (Telecom Italia group).

The selection of the interested subjects will be based on the parameters decided by AgCom and the Communications Ministry. Bids for access to the capacity can be presented by: consortiums that posses the necessary requirements to obtain an authorization as supplier of national content or those who commit themselves to acquire such status within 60 days if awarded transmission capacity; national analogue broadcasters that have not achieved 80 per cent territorial coverage and all of the provincial capitals; local analogue broadcasters without DTT transmitters that cover at least 80 per cent of their viewer base, and content suppliers operating via cable or satellite.

The commission is made up of Giovanna De Minico, Mauro Miccio, Augusto Preta, Mario Egidio Schinaglia and Francesco Siliato.

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