Ofcom launches part 1 of the General Conditions Review

Posted on 02/08/2016

Ofcom has today published the first of two stages of its Review of the General Conditions (as promised in the Digital Comms Review).

The FCS met with Ofcom prior to the publication of this consultation and we are very pleased to see an approach which mirrors many of our suggestions.

Ofcom is considering a set of over-arching definitions, rather than condition-specific ones, and is looking  to make the rules clearer, reduce the cost of compliance, and remove any redundant rules.

This first consultation looks at conditions relating to network functioning and numbering and/or technical conditions. The plan is to review the conditions that members are maybe more familiar with around consumer protection later this year, with the whole set being published in Spring next year.

 

The current consultation covers the following areas:

a) network functioning (conditions 1 to 5)

b) public pay telephones (condition 6)

c) directory information (conditions 8 and 19)

d) numbering conditions (conditions 17 and 20)

 

Even if these are not specific to your business, it is worth having a read of the summary, setting out the approach and s3 which deals with the across the board piece around definitions.

Responses are due by 11 October: please do let me know if you have any comments you would like the FCS to include on your behalf.

Cathy Gerosa

cgerosa@fcs.org.uk

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