Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 21-09-2011

Contrary to the expectation and hope of many in the affected territories, the Spanish government will not assume the expenses for extending DTT in favour of the regions and local councils.

The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) proposed this measure several weeks ago based on the fact the national state will get some €1.6 billion through this operation.

It also argued that the central government must assume the cost of the assignment of the DTT muxes and also of the DTT extension to 5% more of the national territory which has lost its coverage since the analogue switch off in April 2010. The Spanish state will get between €1.6–1.7 billion as a result of the bids of the spectrum liberated by the use of DTT.

"Since the central government will obtain this 'digital dividend' it must also face its costs in favor of the local and regional governments which will not get these benefits" said the PNV along with the rest of the political parties except for the PSOE and the PP, the two big national political groups.