Ofcom has today set out its planned programme of work for the next financial year.
Our aim is to make communications markets work for everyone. We do this by promoting competition, securing standards and improving quality, and protecting consumers from harm.
Our proposed plan of work for 2020-21 is now open for consultation. We have identified the following areas as particularly important for the next financial year.
We remain committed to achieving value for money. In 2020/21 our provisional budget is £133.6m. This includes a 2% rise to account for inflation and capacity for our responsibilities regarding: regulating the BBC; implementing the broadband universal service obligation; and cybersecurity. We have also requested from Government an increase to our spending cap, to enable us to set up the new regulatory regime for video sharing platforms and implement new telecoms security requirements. We will confirm our budget in the final version of the Plan of Work.
We are seeking views on our proposed Annual Plan by 25 February 2020. As part of the consultation process we will hold public events in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff in early 2020 to hear directly from industry and the general public.
We will consider responses to our consultation and developments in the communications markets, before publishing our final plan in March 2020.
Please submit responses using the consultation response form (ODT, 49.9 KB).
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