Consultation on Licences for the Provision of Electronic Communications Networks and Services
Published On:Friday, July 9, 2021
On the 20th April 2021 the Communications Act 2021 received Royal Assent. The Communications Act replaces the current Telecommunications Act 1984, and primarily updates terminology, introduces a fines and penalties regime, and also introduces stand-alone competition powers for the Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority (“the Authority”).
The new legislation also creates a need for a revision of the Authority’s policy in terms of issuing licences, specifically to modernise its approach to licensing services to bring the licensing regime in the Isle of Man in line with international best practice. Therefore, with the introduction of the Act the Authority is required to issue new licences, revised to reflect the changes in legislation, to its existing licenceholders.
With this in mind, the Authority is consulting on Licences for the Provision of Electronic Communications Networks and Services. The consultation outlines the Authority’s proposed policy changes to licences.
The consultation is now available to view here and all interested parties are invited to provide comments and feedback on the Provision of Electronic Communications Networks and Services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the consultation closing date 17th August 2021.
The Authority will also run a technical seminar and Q&A session on the proposed changes as a result of the new legislation, as well as a discussion on the form of the new licences, for all interested parties on 27th July 2021. An Information Notice containing further details of this seminar will be published due course.