The main purpose of the Communications Bill 2018 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. This Bill, in updating the regulation 655 of telecommunications and broadcasting on the Island, also updates and modernises the terminology used in existing legislation. A copy of the Bill is available from the Tynwald web site http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/bills/Pages/default.aspx
The Bill largely adopts a technology and service-neutral approach to allow for flexibility in the future and it has been drafted with futureproofing in mind.
There has been two formal rounds of consultation on the Bill please see https://www.iomcc.im/legislation/closed-legislation-consultations/ for details.
Throughout the development of the proposals contained in the Bill, the Commission has consulted with industry here on the Island and I am advised that industry is supportive of the Bill’s provisions. The Bill provides for, and better defines, the functions of the Communications Commission as the national regulatory authority for the communications sector on the Island. Whilst the Commission is primarily an economic regulator of the telecommunications market on the Island it also has a role in establishing and regulating standards in the broadcasting sector. The Bill also provides the Commission with new stand-alone competition powers in the telecommunications field. There are also more clearly defined enforcement measures, such as fines and other penalties, in both broadcasting and telecommunications.
The Bill has completed its passage through the Legislative Branches and will now be considered for Royal Assent. The Commission will be running a further series of consultations on the required secondary legislation to implement the Bill in due course.