The main purpose of the Communications Act 2021 is to bring together the legislation governing the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting currently dealt with separately in the Telecommunications Act 1984 and the Broadcasting Act of 1993. The Act, in updating the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting on the Island, also updates and modernises the terminology used in existing legislation.
The Act largely adopts a technology and service-neutral approach to allow for flexibility in the future and it has been drafted with futureproofing in mind.
The majority of the Act requires an Appointed Day Order to come into force as well as further supporting guidance and secondary legislation. The Authority will be running a series of consultations on the implementation of the Bill in due course. It is anticipated that the Telecommunications sections of the Bill will be in place by the end of 2021.