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Further consultation: Emergency video relay

Video relay services are a way of enabling people who use British Sign Language (BSL) to communicate effectively with people who don’t use BSL.

Consultation: Quick, easy and reliable switching

This consultation sets out our proposals to make it easier for people to switch landline and broadband provider.


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Statement and further consultation: Proposed measures to require compliance with international guidelines for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)

  • Consultation
  • Start: 05 October 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 November 2020

This Statement sets out Ofcom’s decision to incorporate the limits in the ICNIRP Guidelines for the protection of the general public into spectrum licences and into authorisations of licence-exempt spectrum. We are also consulting on the specific drafting changes we have made to the wording of the EMF licence condition and our ‘Guidance on EMF Compliance and Enforcement’, as well as a trial version of our EMF calculator.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/limiting-exposure-to-emf

Consultation: Supporting the UK’s wireless future – Our spectrum management strategy for the 2020s

  • Consultation
  • Start: 04 December 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 26 February 2021

This document proposes how we will manage use of the radio spectrum - the invisible waves used for all wireless communications - in the interests of everyone in the UK over the next decade.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/supporting-uk-wireless-future

Further consultation: Emergency video relay

  • Consultation
  • Start: 16 February 2021
  • Status: Open
  • End: 30 March 2021

Video relay services are a way of enabling people who use British Sign Language (BSL) to communicate effectively with people who don’t use BSL.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/further-consultation-emergency-video-relay

Consultation: Open Communications – Enabling people to share data with innovative services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 04 August 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 November 2020

In this consultation we examine the case for Open Communications, an initiative for people and businesses in the telecoms and pay TV markets.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/open-communications

Consultation: Absolute Radio (London) – Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Start: 10 February 2021
  • Status: Open
  • End: 10 March 2021

This consultation looks at the change to the ‘Character of Service’ proposed by Bauer Radio Limited

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/absolute-radio-london-request-to-change-format

Consultation: Ofcom's Plan of Work 2021/22

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 December 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 05 February 2021

We have today set out our priorities and work programme for the new financial year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/plan-of-work-2021-22

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 01 February 2021
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 March 2021

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/code-powers-ck-hutchison

Statement: Review of Ofcom's Code on Television Access Services and Guidance on BBC Accessibility

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 20 November 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 31 January 2020

This document sets out our decisions regarding how the BBC should make its UK Public Services accessible. It also sets out changes to improve the clarity of our Code on Television Access Services for all broadcasters.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/review-code-television-access-services

Consultation: Quick, easy and reliable switching

  • Consultation
  • Start: 03 February 2021
  • Status: Open
  • End: 31 March 2021

This consultation sets out our proposals to make it easier for people to switch landline and broadband provider.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/simpler-broadband-switching

Call for evidence: Public service broadcasters and the UK production sector

  • Consultation
  • Start: 02 February 2021
  • Status: Open
  • End: 16 March 2021

As part of Small Screen: Big Debate, we want to take a closer look at the relationship which exists today between the PSBs and production sector.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/public-service-broadcasters-and-the-uk-production-sector

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to Brsk Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 01 February 2021
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 March 2021

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Brsk Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/code-powers-brsk

Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s changes to licence exemption for Wireless Telegraphy Devices and consultation on licensing equipment in 57 to 71 GHz

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 December 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 29 January 2021

We are consulting on draft regulations to allow more spectrum to be used on a licence exempt basis by a number of short-range device applications.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/licence-exemption-licensing-equipment-changes

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to Digital Infrastructure Ltd

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 12 November 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 14 December 2020

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Digital Infrastructure Ltd.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/code-powers-digital-infrastructure

Consultation: Protecting voice-only landline telephone customers

  • Consultation
  • Start: 10 December 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 January 2021

In this document, we set out our proposed approach to ensuring continued protections for voice-only customers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/protecting-voice-only-landline-customers

Consultation: Modifications of the USP Access Condition for regulating access to Royal Mail’s postal network

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 November 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 23 December 2020

We are proposing to extend the Universal Service Provider Access condition to cover a new suite of access services Royal Mail intends to introduce in January 2021.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/modifications-of-usp-access-condition

Consultation: Video-sharing platforms – who needs to notify to Ofcom?

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 November 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 January 2021

We have proposed guidance to help providers understand whether they fall within the scope of the definition of a video-sharing platform for the purposes of the Communications Act 2003.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/video-sharing-platforms-notifying-ofcom

Call for evidence: Review of the interaction between BBC Studios and the BBC Public Service

  • Consultation
  • Start: 09 October 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 04 December 2020

This call for evidence launches our review into the interaction between BBC Studios and the Public Service.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/review-of-interaction-bbc-studios-and-bbc-public-service

Report: Technology Futures – spotlight on the technologies shaping communications for the future

  • Consultation
  • Statement

This report highlights emerging technologies that could shape the communications industry in the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/emerging-technologies

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to Vispa Limited

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 12 November 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 14 December 2020

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Vispa Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/code-powers-vispa

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to Nynet Limited

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 13 November 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 14 December 2020

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Nynet Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/code-powers-nynet