On 8 October 2012, the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) approved the draft of a measure to be submitted for public consultation with regard to the new plan of the automatic numbering of digital terrestrial television channels (LCN).

The measure follows AGCOM’s decision on 4 September 2012 to extend the current numbering plan that was cancelled by the Council of State until the new plan came into force. The draft of the measure submitted to the public consultation had a 30 day duration from the date it is published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale. It takes into account the findings of the Council of State as well as the degree of necessity, in light of market developments since 2010 to date, to review the plan.

Public consultation shall serve in order to be able to collect all orientations of those interested and it shall also be supported by a survey on the habits and tendencies of television viewers. The survey shall be performed by a specialised institution chosen by way of a procedure in line with the time limits. In order to conclude the procedure, AGCOM shall use the new plan within 180 days of the date of the public consultation commencing.

For more information please go to: http://www.medialaws.eu/agcom-consultazione-pubblica-su-nuovo-pianolcn/