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Proposal to revoke Code Powers from certain companies

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to revoke certain directions granting ‘Code powers’ to a number of companies.

Changes to spectrum trading regulations

This document contains two statutory notices of Ofcom’s proposals to make changes to spectrum trading regulations for mobile services in the 3600 to 3800 MHz band.


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Proposal to revoke Code Powers from certain companies

  • Start: 22 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 22 January 2017

Ofcom’s proposal to revoke certain directions granting ‘Code powers’ to a number of companies.

Proposed changes to spectrum trading regulations

  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 27 January 2017

Two statutory notices of Ofcom’s proposals to make changes to spectrum trading regulations for mobile services in the 3600 to 3800 MHz band.

Strategic Review of UHF Band 1 and Band 2 - 410 to 470 MHz

  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 13 February 2017

This document consults on proposals to use the spectrum in the 410 to 450 MHz (UHF Band 1) and 450 to 470 MHz (UHF Band 2) bands more intensively and efficiently to best address the requirements of current and future users.

Designing the broadband universal service obligation - Final report to Government

  • Start: 07 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 23 June 2016

The UK Government intends to introduce a broadband universal service obligation (USO) that would give everyone a right to a decent broadband connection on reasonable request.

Review of the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 14 March 2017

This is a consultation about changes that we are proposing to make to the General Conditions of Entitlement – the regulatory rules that all communications providers must follow in order to operate in the UK.

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make a limitation order and amend the register regulations in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 30 January 2017

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposal to make two statutory instruments in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands. These are a limitation order and regulations amending The Wireless Telegraphy (Register) Regulations 2012.

Listed events - Six Nations Rugby Tournament 2017

  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 16 January 2017

Ofcom has received requests from the BBC and ITV for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Six Nations Tournament 2017 (‘the events’).

Commercial Multi-User Gateway Review

  • Start: 16 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 10 February 2017

This document invites comments on whether the use of commercial multi-user ‘gateway’ devices, known as COMUGs, meets the requirements for licence exemption set out in the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

The BBC’s commercial activities

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 13 February 2017

A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance.

Distribution of BBC public services

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 13 February 2017

A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance.

Broadcasting Code Review

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 09 February 2017

Broadcasting Code Review: Preparing for Ofcom’s new responsibilities for regulating the BBC

Assessing the impact of the BBC’s public service activities

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 13 February 2017

BBC competition reviews, a consultation on Ofcom’s procedures and guidance

Assessing the impact of proposed changes to the BBC’s public service activities

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 13 February 2017

A consultation on the Broadcasting Code in preparation for Ofcom’s new responsibilities for regulating the BBC

Advertisement of a national radio Additional Services licence

  • Start: 07 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 30 January 2017

Ofcom is proposing to advertise a new Additional Service licence in the first quarter of 2017 using the same spare capacity on the Classic FM frequencies.

Wholesale Local Access Market Review: Initial proposals to develop an effective PIA remedy

  • Start: 06 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 31 January 2017

This consultation follows our Digital Communications Review (DCR) and a progress update published in July on supporting investment in ultrafast broadband networks.

Non-domestic TV channels: proposals to modify access service obligations - Statement December 2016

  • Start: 14 October 2015
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 December 2015

Proposals to bring signing arrangements for channels licensed by Ofcom for transmission to other Member States of the European Union (EU) (which we refer to as non-domestic channels) into line with the arrangements applying to domestic channels transmitting within the UK.

Narrowband Market Review

  • Start: 01 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 28 February 2017

Consultation on the proposed markets, market power determinations and remedies for wholesale call termination, wholesale call origination and wholesale narrowband access markets.

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Start: 29 November 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 07 February 2017

Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. To achieve this, we are proposing three main goals: to promote competition and ensure that markets work effectively for consumers; to secure standards and improve quality; and to protect consumers from harm.

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. Competition issues and auction regulations

  • Start: 21 November 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 30 January 2017

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. Competition issues and auction regulations

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Truespeed Communications Ltd

  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 December 2016

Decision to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Truespeed Communications Ltd.