Radio frequencies play a decisive role in ensuring whether a state can provide its citizens with information securely in the event of a disaster. The current global pandemic shows how important an independent information system is in achieving this. We are referring to broadcasting systems that reach their audience directly – terrestrial television and radio cannot be restricted or switched off as internet broadcasts can be, and also do not encounter any overload problems despite massive use. Terrestrial broadcasting is thus systemically important. One indispensable requirement for terrestrial broadcasting is that the necessary spectrum is available. An essential part of this are the frequencies in the UHF-TV spectrum (470 MHz – 694 MHz), used by broadcasting (currently DVB-T2) and the cultural industries.

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