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Consultation: Global Radio stations in the west of England

Global Radio has asked Ofcom to approve the creation of a new approved area, which it has called the ‘South West and West Country’, for each of the following FM local radio licences it owns.

Consultation: Global Radio stations in the east of England

Global Radio has asked Ofcom to approve the creation of a new approved area, which it has called ‘Anglia’, for each of the following FM local radio licences it owns.


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Consultation: Listed Events

  • Consultation
  • Start: 26 October 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 January 2019

We are consulting on the methodology which we propose to use to assess which services qualify to be on the list of television channels that are free to view and widely available.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/listed-events

Consultation: BT regulatory financial reporting

  • Consultation
  • Start: 04 December 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 January 2019

We are consulting on a new set of directions relating to BT’s regulatory financial reporting obligations.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/bt-regulatory-financial-reporting

Consultation: Business connectivity market review

  • Consultation
  • Start: 02 November 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 January 2019

Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR) examines the markets for the provision of leased lines in the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/business-connectivity-market-review

Statement: Review of Second Class stamp safeguard caps

  • Consultation
  • Data
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 July 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 04 October 2018

Consultation on proposals for the continued regulation of Royal Mail’s Second Class stamp prices. Supported by residential omnibus survey and business postal survey datasets.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-second-class-stamp-safeguard-cap

Consultation: Global Radio stations in the west of England

  • Consultation
  • Start: 15 January 2019
  • Status: Open
  • End: 11 February 2019

Global Radio has asked Ofcom to approve the creation of a new approved area, which it has called the ‘South West and West Country’, for a number of FM local radio licences it owns in the area.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/global-radio-stations-west-of-england

Consultation: Global Radio stations in the east of England

  • Consultation
  • Start: 15 January 2019
  • Status: Open
  • End: 11 February 2019

Global Radio has asked Ofcom to approve the creation of a new approved area, which it has called ‘Anglia’, for a number of FM local radio licences it owns in the area.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/consultation-global-radio-stations-in-the-east-of-england

Consultation: Global Radio stations in the south of England

  • Consultation
  • Start: 15 January 2019
  • Status: Open
  • End: 11 February 2019

Global Radio has asked Ofcom to approve the creation of a new approved area, which it has called ‘Meridian’, for a number of FM local radio licences it owns in the area.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/consultation-global-radio-stations-in-the-south-of-england

Statement: Amendments to the Universal Service Provider Access Condition in relation to the margin squeeze control

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 24 May 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 19 July 2018

Statement setting out amendments to the margin squeeze control set out in Ofcom’s Universal Service Provider Access (USPA) condition, a control which is intended to ensure fair competition between access operators and Royal Mail.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/post-uspac-margin-squeeze

Consultation: Physical infrastructure market review

  • Consultation
  • Start: 02 November 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 February 2019

This document is a consultation on proposals for regulation that will allow all telecoms providers access to the largest network of suitable telecoms infrastructure: the ducts and poles owned by BT.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/physical-infrastructure-market-review

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code Powers to Atlas Tower Group Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 05 December 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 04 January 2019

Proposal to apply the electronic communications Code (“the Code”) to Atlas Tower Group Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/atlas-tower-group-limited-code-powers

Statement: Decision on reforming the switching of mobile communication services

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 19 May 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 30 June 2017

Decision on reforming the process for switching mobile provider, removing requirements on consumers to pay for their old service during a notice period once they have switched provider, and ensuring consumers are better informed about switching.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/consumer-switching-proposals-to-reform-switching-of-mobile-communications-services

Statement: Review of the Premium Rate Services Condition

  • Consultation
  • Start: 26 July 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 September 2018

We have found that there is harm arising from Information, Connection and Signposting Services (ICSS) provided on ‘084’ numbers (‘084’ ICSS), and that this harm is common across all ICSS. We have, therefore, decided to extend the definition of Controlled Premium Rate Services (Controlled PRS) in the Premium Rate Services Condition (the PRS Condition) to include all ICSS, irrespective of number or price point. The effect of this will be that all ICSS would meet the definition of Controlled PRS in the PRS Condition and all ICSS providers will be subject to regulation by the Phone-paid Services Authority (the PSA).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/review-premium-rate-services-condition

Consultation: Review of regulatory financial reporting for Royal Mail - Phase II

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 27 February 2019

This document sets out our proposed amendments to regulatory financial reporting requirements for Royal Mail.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-regulatory-financial-reporting-royal-mail

Consultation: Review of Regional TV Production and Programming Guidance

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 27 February 2019

We are reviewing the guidance that we provide to public service broadcasters to help ensure they meet their regional production and programming (“Made outside London”) obligations consistently.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-regional-tv-production-programming-guidance

Consultation: Enabling opportunities for innovation

  • Consultation
  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 12 March 2019

Consultation on proposals to make spectrum available in a range of spectrum bands on a shared basis.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/enabling-opportunities-for-innovation

Consultation: Award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 12 March 2019

In this document, we set out proposals for an award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum to enable the industry to provide services with greater capacity and wider coverage.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/award-700mhz-3.6-3.8ghz-spectrum

Statement: Annual Licence Fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 08 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 03 August 2018

This document consults on the level of annual licence fees we should set for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum, and on draft regulations to achieve that.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/annual-licence-fees-900-1800-mhz

Consultation: Annual Licence Fees for UK Broadband’s 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum

  • Consultation
  • Start: 17 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 11 February 2019

This document consults on the level of annual licence fees (ALF) we should set for UK Broadband’s 3.4 and 3.6 GHz spectrum, and on draft regulations to give effect to the proposed fees.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/annual-licence-fees-3.4-ghz-3.6-ghz-spectrum

Consultation: Helping consumers get better deals - consultation on end-of-contract and annual best tariff notifications, and proposed scope for a review of pricing practices in fixed broadband

  • Consultation
  • Start: 14 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 February 2019

We are examining the scale of any harm resulting from pricing practices in the fixed broadband market, and setting out our proposals to help consumers get better deals.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/helping-consumers-get-better-deals

Statement: Variation of UK Broadband’s spectrum access licence for 3.6 GHz spectrum

  • Consultation
  • Start: 27 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 08 August 2018

Ofcom’s consideration of a request to vary the permitted lower frequency block.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/variation-uk-broadbands-spectrum-access-licence-3.6-ghz