The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) approved a draft regulation which outlines the procedures governing the public auction for the allocation of TV frequencies. Through these rules, the Italian Ministry for the Economic Development will grant (through public auction) relevant rights of use.

The mentioned draft regulation has been transmitted to the European Commission for a technical evaluation and it will then be subject to a public consultation.

As in 2006 the European Commission started an infringement procedure against Italy for breach of EU telecommunication law. The procedure is still pending final approval from the European Commission. This approval is needed in order to supersede the procedure and definitively approve the regulation governing the public auction for TV frequencies.

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