The purpose of the Spectrum Policy Forum is to be a pro-active industry-led ‘sounding board’ to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and a cross-industry ‘agent’ for promoting the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.
The Forum is open to the full range of UK spectrum users. Our members currently include over 240 companies and organisations with an interest in using spectrum for a diverse range of applications. In this context the term 'spectrum users' is to be interpreted in the widest sense - including all industry sectors which use (or will use) wireless techniques and organisations involved in the entire value chain in these activities.
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In addition to Plenary meetings of the Forum, more detailed discussions are undertaken by four working groups. These meetings are held under Chatham House Rule to enable cross-industry collaborative discussion. "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."
The work of the clusters will be undertaken, in between plenary meetings, by correspondence and/or physical meetings as seen fit by cluster leader and members. Clusters will report back on its work at the subsequent plenary meeting of the Forum.
An independent chairperson has been appointed to act as a high level ambassador for its outputs. Members of the Forum will contribute their time and efforts on a voluntary basis and on behalf of their organisations. The secretariat functions for the Forum will be provided by techUK.
There may be rare cases when a piece of work, such as by an individual cluster, needs an accelerated approval process; such as the government posed a question to the cluster with a deadline. In this case the piece will be sent solely to the Steering Board for approval and not the whole UK SPF.