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Helping people shop around and secure right deal

Ofcom has today announced a new initiative to make it easier for communications customers to get better deals.

Measures to ensure new Openreach delivers

Ofcom has today announced how Openreach will be held to account, as it becomes legally separate from BT, to ensure it delivers for phone and broadband users.


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Helping people to shop around and secure the right deal

  • Media release

14 July 2017

We've announced an initiative to help consumers engage with communications markets. We want more people to shop around with confidence and take full advantage of the wide choice on offer.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/helping-people-to-shop-around-and-secure-the-right-deal

Measures to ensure new Openreach delivers

  • Media release

13 July 2017

Ofcom has today announced how Openreach will be held to account, as it becomes legally separate from BT, to ensure it delivers for phone and broadband users.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/openreach-statement

Ofcom sets rules for mobile spectrum auction

  • Media release

11 July 2017

Ofcom has announced how valuable airwaves will be released to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband, including new measures to safeguard competition.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-sets-rules-for-mobile-spectrum-auction

Ofcom findings on Fox/Sky merger published

  • Media release

29 June 2017

Ofcom’s findings relating to 21st Century Fox’s proposed acquisition of Sky have been published today.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/findings-fox-sky-merger

Latest telecoms and pay-TV complaints revealed

  • Media release

28 June 2017

Ofcom has today published its regular report on the volume of consumer complaints it has received against the major providers of telecoms and pay-TV services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/latest-telecoms-and-pay-tv-complaints-revealed2

Ofcom reports to Government on proposed Fox/Sky merger

  • Media release

20 June 2017

Ofcom has today submitted a public interest report to the Government on the proposed acquisition of Sky by 21st Century Fox.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-reports-to-government-on-proposed-foxsky-merger

Rise of the Social Seniors revealed

  • Media release

14 June 2017

Record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology, with a quarter of over-75s using tablet computers, and half of baby boomers taking to social media.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/rise-social-seniors

Ofcom awards five new AM community radio licences

  • Media release

01 June 2017

Ofcom has today announced the award of five new community radio licences for medium wave (AM) services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-awards-five-new-am-community-radio-licences

‘Text-to-switch’ plans for mobile customers

  • Media release

19 May 2017

Ofcom is today proposing a package of reforms to make it quicker and easier to switch from one mobile phone provider to another.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/text-to-switch-plans-for-mobile-customers

Telephone review to ensure value for callers

  • Media release

12 May 2017

Ofcom is to review the cost of calling some telephone services, to ensure people are protected from high prices and unfair practices.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/telephone-review-value-callers

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

  • Media release

12 May 2017

Ofcom has announced the award of four new community radio licences in London.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-awards-four-new-community-radio-licences

Ofcom Chairman to retire at the end of year

  • Media release

09 May 2017

Ofcom has today announced that Dame Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom’s Chairman, is to retire from the role at the end of 2017.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-chairman-to-retire-at-the-end-of-year

Update on Fox/Sky proposed merger

  • Media release

21 April 2017

In light of the General Election, the Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, has extended the deadline for submission of the public interest report into the proposed Fox/Sky merger until 20 June.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/update-on-foxsky-proposed-merger

Nick Pollard confirmed as Board Member

  • Media release

21 April 2017

Nick Pollard has been confirmed as non-executive member of the Ofcom Board after his term was extended to May 2018.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/nick-pollards-term-extended-as-member-of-the-ofcom-board

Opening up BT’s infrastructure for new fibre broadband

  • Media release

20 April 2017

Ofcom has set out detailed plans for improving access to BT’s existing telegraph poles and ‘ducts’ – the small, underground tunnels that carry telecoms cables.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/duct-pole-access

Service quality of telecoms providers revealed

  • Media release

12 April 2017

A new Ofcom report shows how providers compare on call waiting, complaints handling and reliability.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/service-quality-telecoms-providers

Ofcom becomes the first independent, external regulator of the BBC today

  • Media release

03 April 2017

Under the new BBC Charter and Agreement, our role is to hold the BBC’s performance and editorial standards to account, and also to regulate the competitive effects of its services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-becomes-the-first-independent,-external-regulator-of-the-bbc-today

Encouraging investment in full-fibre networks and promoting competition

  • Media release

31 March 2017

Ofcom has today announced measures designed to promote investment in new fibre networks and ensure that customers are protected from higher prices.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/encouraging-investment-in-full-fibre-networks

Ofcom confirms priorities for 2017/18

  • Media release

30 March 2017

Ofcom has published its 2017/18 Annual Plan, outlining its priorities for the next financial year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-confirms-priorities-for-201718

Latest telecoms and pay TV complaints revealed

  • Media release

29 March 2017

Ofcom has published data for Q4 2016 on the volume of consumer complaints it has received against the major providers of telecoms and pay TV services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/latest-telecoms-and-pay-tv-complaints-revealed