I certainly hope OFCOM do not agree to the proposal by Sky.
Two reasons. Firstly the whole drive for Freeview is a terrestrial service free at the point of delivery and funded by either public license fees or advertising revenue.
The proposal by Sky will remove the opportunity for suppliers to offer a service because that part of the bandwidth used by Sky will be only available through a subscription and yet another digibox. It's a hijack of terrestrial bandwidth.
The other point is the newly freed up space created by the digital switchover beginning in 2008 is likely to be auctioned, I wonder who might win? The bandwidth should be retained by public service broadcasting to ensure there is any chance at all of high definition television broadcast on terrestrial TV.