Fed Govt reviews datacasting options

The Federal Government is considering its options on datacasting after it recently cancelled its planned licence auction.

The Government has not revealed if it will sell off the 16 datacasting licences separately.

Communications Minister Senator Richard Alston said the Government had heard the views of the parties involved and was looking at the matter.

"We are considering our options," Alston said. "There are other ways in which we might be able to address the matter. I think certainly we are having a look at what's been said to us by those parties who did apply."

Media group Fairfax last week called on the Government to scrap datacasting altogether after a lack of interest forced the cancellation of the planned auction.

Alston said the Government was looking at service delivery and maintaining the Budgetary position.

"It's interesting to note that each of the remaining three [bidders] were very much at pains to say they saw a viable datacasting business right now," he said.

"So we have to see what the implications of that are, whether there are other ways in which we might be able to not only deliver the sorts of services we think are important but ensure that the government's Budgetary position is properly protected."

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