The Isle of Man’s Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority (CURA) has extended the consultation on plans for the sale of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands. In confirming it was pushing back the deadline for responses to 15 September 2021, the regulator said it had done so following a formal request for a one week extension. According to the CURA, while it was of the opinion that the original deadline ‘allowed sufficient time for respondents to consider its preliminary views and compile their responses to the issues raised’, it said it had opted to grant the extension ‘having considered the facts that were set out in the request’.
Previously, in July 2021 the CURA had published ‘Document 20/21 Consultation on Multi Band Spectrum Licence Award – Information Memorandum’, in which it set out its preliminary views on the processes for offering up new spectrum licences. Included in the plans were: details of the spectrum to be awarded; the timescale of the sale process; and the proposed auction rules.