Radiowaves and Microwaves Act

Recognising that radio waves and microwaves have useful scientific and trade applications, including but not limited to, radio and satellite communication, radio and television broadcasting, radiolocation, radio navigation and satellite navigation;

Further recognising that these radio waves and microwaves do not and cannot be made to respect and adhere to trans-national boundaries;

Believing that international legislation is required to resolve radio and microwave transmission interference between member nations and non-member nations alike;

Understanding that such legislation must not dictate frequency allocation between member nations due to the prohibitive cost of implementing the legislation for current and future WA members alike;

The World Assembly,

Encourages that member nations legalise the use of radio and microwaves for purposes including but not limited to radio and satellite communication, radio and television broadcasting, radiolocation, radio navigation, and satellite navigation;

Further encourages that member nations regulate the use of radio waves and microwaves for the safety and health of the local population;

Requests that member nations resolve disputes pertaining to issues on radio waves and microwaves interference or other issues through dialogue and discourse;

Suggests that member nations,

  1. Promote research and development of radio waves and microwaves technology to further scientific understanding in these fields,
  2. Adopt policy initiatives to encourage technology diffusion and industrial growth, and
  3. Develop infrastructure and supportive systems to increase citizens’ and businesses’ accessibility to radio and microwave services;

Establishes the World Assembly Telecommunications Authority (WATA) as an international body overseeing issues related to radio waves and microwaves;

Mandates WATA to advise nations represented in the World Assembly on the most suitable frequency for each specific purpose and need of these member nations based on the properties of radio waves and microwaves;

Instructs WATA to provide such advice only after assessing whether any possible health risk will surface from the implementation of such advice, and if there is any risk to the health of the local population;

Further instructs WATA to provide such advice only after taking into special consideration the sensitivity of the local population to radio waves and microwaves radiation, and only when it can be ascertained that the health risk to the local population will be minimal and that the advice given is the most appropriate and least harmful for the member nation in question;

Further mandates WATA to resolve radio and microwave transmission interference between different member nations through mandatory, binding arbitration, however;

Forbids WATA from dictating specific services or frequency allocation standards within member nations, except when creating emergency frequencies or following neutral arbitration of a dispute between two member nations;

Clarifies such standards will only apply to parties to the arbitration, and;

Affirms the right for individual member nations to use any radio wave or microwave frequency for any purpose the nations deem fit, unless otherwise ruled contrary by WATA in cases of transmission interference between member nations.

This resolution includes significant contributions made by Point Breeze.

More info here: NationStates • View topic - [DEFEATED] (Replaces GA#75) Radiowaves and Microwaves Act

This resolution is now up for vote.

Bai Lung will vote FOR.

“Radiowaves and Microwaves Act” was defeated 7,079 votes to 3,685.