The move would free up the UHF TV frequency band for mobile phone usage. Already the 800 MHz segment of the former TV band is being cleared for 4G mobile broadband, and there are proposals to convert the 700 MHz band in the coming decade.
The radical move to ultimately abolish the Freeview digital terrestrial television service was published in a Lords select committee report titled "Broadband for All: An Alternative Vision".
Realising that such a move would require improvement to the UK's broadband infrastructure, the committee raised concerns about the current roll-out of faster broadband and highlighted potential issues that could increase the gap between broadband provision in urban and rural areas.
The report notes that "most people watch their television in fixed locations from fixed sets. Actually, spectrum's great wonder is its ability for mobility. As such, it might be argued that spectrum's current use for fixed, broadcast purposes is wasteful."
The report acknowleges the increasing role of IPTV to deliver content and concludes with the recommendation that "consideration should be given over time by the Government, Ofcom and the industry as to when and under what conditions fibre switchover would be appropriate and what implications it would have."
The House of Lords Communication Committee Report, of note is paragraphs 139 onward.