The upshot is that Ofcom has reviewed the award of the 790-862MHz digital dividend spectrum and now has decided to bring it into line with other European markets by moving PMSE (mostly wireless microphones) and digital TV, which previously had operated within the digital dividend band, to a lower frequency.
So, with more spectrum available for mobile broadband and more harmonisation, I should be happy right? Yes, except that I go to quite a lot of festivals and I'm going to pray that it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the dulcet tones of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Courteeners and...er...Bodger & Badger at Glastonbury Festival this year. Evicting radio mics from the top end of the 800MHz band could mean chaos for the live events industry. Equipment will be rendered useless and events that have run hitch-free for years could end up disappointing thousands of attendees. I can understand the thinking behind reusing that spectrum. However, Ofcom has a public service obligation that surely requires it to consider the public good. One thing is for sure, if Ofcom does ultimately evict wireless mics, it needs to quickly find suitable alternative spectrum and compensate the entertainment industry. Doubtless there will still be glitches though.
Surely there must be some other way to get back at Andrew Lloyd Webber? Revoke his peerage for crimes against music perhaps?