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Radio Managers Call on NATCOM to de-dollarize Spectrum Fees

23 August 2019.

Some managers and owners of radio stations in the country have raised concern over the dollarization of payment for the use of radio frequency spectrum payable to the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM).

In a meeting with managers of radio and television stations on regulatory compliance and enforcement held at the National Stadium Atlantic Hall past Wednesday, these managers called on their regulatory body to de-dollarize the payment of spectrum fees and to adopt a fixed Leone rate for licensing of spectrum frequencies across the board.

This call by radio station managers came at a time the Bank of Sierra Leone has instituted strict monetary policy measures to curtail the pervasive dollarization of economic and financial activities vis-a-vis the overall impact of exchange rate changes on inflation.

It should be recalled that NATCOM recently shut down several radio stations who defaulted in paying their annual license fees, including those who were broadcasting without a guaranteed legal status. Nonetheless, the Commission has rescinded its decision to create room for the affected parties to comply within a reasonable timeframe. 

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