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Guarantee access to broadcast TV (Freeview) and aerial radio beyond 2040

Submitted by Dennis Reed on Monday 9th January 2023

Published on Thursday 12th January 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 12th July 2023

Current Signatures: 8,332
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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2023 ~ Access ~ Cancel ~ Cost of living ~ crisis ~ depression ~ Digital ~ Freeview ~ Internet ~ loneliness ~ Lost ~ Millions ~ November ~ Prevent ~ risk ~ silver ~ Spectrum ~ Streaming services ~ The Government ~ TV

Petition Action

Guarantee access to broadcast TV (Freeview) and aerial radio beyond 2040

Petition Details

The Government must guarantee access to Freeview and aerial radio beyond 2040. Unless the Government takes such action ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference in November 2023 the spectrum of frequency allocated to Digital Terrestrial TV (Freeview) may be lost and the services disbanded

Additional Information

Millions rely on Freeview/broadcast TV and radio to keep in touch with society. Silver Voices, which advocates for the over 60s, argues that internet-based services are less reliable and much more costly. Poorer households are already cancelling streaming services because of the cost of living crisis. Protecting Freeview will prevent millions of older people and other vulnerable groups, at risk of loneliness and depression, from being excluded from public information and entertainment.

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