31 August, 2012


Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT


The ACMA has licensed digital self-help retransmission services at 40 sites in regional and remote Australia as part of the switchover to digital television services across the country. Self-help retransmission services are often provided by local councils in areas where TV broadcasters don't have established transmitters or where reception isn't adequate.
Digital switchover is occurring progressively around Australia and the last analog television services will be turned off by the end of 2013. The ACMA is working with government, broadcasters and local communities, including self-help providers of retransmission services, to ensure that all Australian have access to high quality digital television services.
Councils and other self-help providers should not swap over to a digital retransmission service until they have verified that the service is fully compliant with regulatory requirements. The ACMA has received reports about non-compliant retransmission services in some areas and is investigating both adverse impacts on viewers and compliance by self-help providers.  The ACMA will take enforcement action against self help providers to ensure all residents of remote communities are able to receive the same quality of digital television services.  Enforcement options available to the ACMA, include warning notices, infringement (penalty) notices and prosecution.
To view ACMA's media release click here.



For further information, please contact:


Gordon Hughes, Partner, Ashurst

[email protected] 



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