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UK Gov Passes Communications Act

Posted: 17th Jul, 2003 By: MarkJ
Say goodbye to Oftel because the UK government has officially passed the new 'Communications Act', which means that a new super regulator, Ofcom, will soon begin replacing the old one:

Ofcom, the new media and communications regulator, which takes on the remits of former bodies Oftel, the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, the Radio Authority and the Radiocommunications Agency, today welcomed the passing of the Communications Act and will now move forward with setting up its own procedures.

Ofcom was created to replace the five existing regulators, as convergence draws ever nearer. Additionally, it will be expected to oversee more than 100 other functions that were included in the Communications Act, which has been amended no less than 500 times over the past 30 months.

The regulator will work to ensure that commercial television and radio companies, telecommunications networks and wireless and satellite services operate, compete and develop in the greater public interest.

We had once hoped that Ofcom would play a more important role in ISP regulation and standards setting, although we now fear that this may be ignored. More @ netimperative.com .
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