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Automatic compensation

In this consultation we set out proposals to introduce automatic compensation for residential consumers of landline and/or broadband services who suffer quality of service problems in relation to delayed repairs, delayed provisions and missed appointments.


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Automatic compensation

  • Start: 24 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 05 June 2017

In this consultation we set out proposals to introduce automatic compensation for residential consumers of landline and/or broadband services who suffer quality of service problems in relation to delayed repairs, delayed provisions and missed appointments.

Electronic Communications Code

  • Start: 24 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 02 June 2017

Digital Economy Bill: Proposed Code of Practice, Standard Terms of Agreement and Standard Notices.

Nation Radio - Request to change Format

  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 December 2016

Ofcom has approved a Format Change Request from Nation Radio.

Delivering a more independent Openreach

  • Start: 17 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 14 April 2017

Update on BT’s voluntary notification under s.89C Communications Act 2003 and consultation on releasing the BT Undertakings pursuant to section 154 Enterprise Act 2002.

Notice of proposal to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2017

  • Start: 09 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 11 April 2017

We present in this document our decision to proceed with our proposals to extend Wi-Fi access in the 5 GHz band to an additional 125 MHz (5725 to 5850, the ‘5.8GHz band’).

Ofcom’s rules on due impartiality, due accuracy, elections and referendums

  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 January 2017

Ofcom is carrying out a review of the suitability of the list of larger parties for the purposes of Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code and rules on party political and referendum broadcasts (PPRB Rules).

Review of the market for standalone landline telephone services

  • Start: 28 February 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 09 May 2017

Review of the retail market for standalone landline telephone services, that is the sale of telephone services to those people who buy such services in a standalone contract and not as part of a bundle with other services such as broadband or pay-TV.

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Wildcard UK Limited

  • Start: 27 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 27 February 2017

Ofcom has reviewed an application for Code powers submitted by Wildcard UK Limited and this document sets out a summary of the contents of that application, as well as Ofcom’s proposal to grant Code powers in favour of Wildcard UK Limited.

BBC regulation

  • Start: 15 December 2015
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 October 2017

Under a new BBC Royal Charter, Ofcom will become the BBC's first external regulator in April 2017.

Ofcom’s approach to enforcement

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

In this document we are consulting on changes to our Enforcement Guidelines, which set out how we investigate compliance with and approach enforcement of regulatory requirements.

Procedures for enforcement of requirements in the BBC Agreement and compliance with Ofcom enforcement action

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation covers Ofcom’s proposed procedures for investigating breaches by the BBC of any other requirements set out in the Agreement which are not covered by the two consultations above. Also sets out steps for dealing with any failure by the BBC to comply with a direction made by Ofcom.

Procedures for enforcement of BBC Competition requirements

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation covers the proposed procedures that Ofcom will follow when enforcing compliance by the BBC with requirements for fair and effective competition.

A consultation on new procedures for handling content standards complaints, investigations and sanctions for BBC programmes

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation covers proposed procedures for investigating potential breaches of the Broadcasting Code by the BBC. It also sets out how Ofcom would go about considering sanctions against the BBC for such breaches.

Procedures for handling content standards and licensing investigations and sanctions

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to Ofcom's procedures that apply to all other licensed broadcasters and notified on-demand programme service providers. These proposed changes will bring these procedures in line with those for the BBC.

Proposal to revoke Code powers from certain companies

  • Start: 22 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • 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: Closed
  • 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: Closed
  • 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: Closed
  • 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.