UPDATE: Rental Fees for Communication Towers on NSW Crown Land

CBAA News, 9th October 2014
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The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has released a review of rental arrangements for use of communication towers on NSW Crown land. The review recommended an overhaul to the rent and subsidy structures for transmission towers on Crown Land.

 
The relevant government Departments are currently assessing how these recommendations would impact on community radio stations, and the CBAA is working to ensure that stations retain their status as ‘community groups’ under any new arrangements. 
 
To assist in this, the CBAA would love to hear from any stations that currently transmit from towers located on Crown Land. If this is you, please contact Joel Pringle on (02) 9310 2999 or via email.

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Abstract
While community broadcasting has been documented for aiding development in the Global South, communities in Uganda engage in narrowcasting and share information using Community Audio Towers (CATs). This challenges our understanding of communication for development media since CATs employ both the one-way and the two-way approaches to ensure survival. Among the crucial areas of CATs that have not been attended to by academic scrutiny is the issue of how CATs sustain themselves financially. To cover that gap, the CAT processes of information gathering, processing and dissemination, are discussed below. The discussion comes from data collected using 10 key informant interviews to show how CATs, platforms that are economically non-viable, are able to survive in myriad economically-oriented media systems in Uganda. Implications of CATs for local community development are herein highlighted.