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Consultation: Business connectivity market review

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

Consultation: Physical infrastructure market review

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.


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Call for expressions of interest: Implementing the Broadband Universal Service Obligation

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 20 August 2018

This document explains how we will designate Universal Service Provider(s) to deliver broadband connections, and calls on interested bodies to come forward.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/implementing-broadband-uso

Statement on changes to the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 April 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 May 2018

This statement sets out Ofcom's decision to amend general condition C6.6, additional changes to our guidance on Calling Line Identification facilities, and a number of minor drafting changes.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/changes-general-conditions-of-entitlement

Wholesale local access market review

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 June 2017

Consultation on proposals for regulation of the wholesale market – the Wholesale Local Access market – for services that use this fixed connection between the local telephony exchange to a home or business premises to deliver broadband or landlines.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/wholesale-local-access-market-review

Statement: Annual Plan 2018-19

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 01 December 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 February 2018

Our Annual Plan 2018/19 highlights some of the key work areas that we will seek to deliver in order to meet our goals.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2018-19

Statement: Quality of service for WLR, MPF and GEA

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 June 2017

Proposals for regulating the quality of Openreach’s services that are used by telecommunications providers to provide broadband and telephone services to customers and businesses.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/quality-of-service

Statement: Automatic compensation

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 24 March 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 05 June 2017

In this statement, we set out our conclusion that there is a need for an automatic compensation scheme to protect residential consumers who suffer from certain service quality failures with their landline and/or broadband services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/automatic-compensation

Proposal to apply Code Powers to County Broadband Limited

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 13 October 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 13 November 2017

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code to Country Broadband Limited.

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

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Boundless Networks Limited

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 13 October 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 13 November 2017

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code to Boundless Networks Limited.

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

Delivering a more independent Openreach

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 17 March 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 April 2017

On 10 March 2017, BT notified Ofcom of voluntary commitments to further reform Openreach.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/delivering-a-more-independent-openreach

Statement: Non-domestic rates and the price for regulated Dark Fibre

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 April 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 22 May 2017

This document proposes an amendment to one of the regulatory conditions imposed on BT under the April 2016 Business Connectivity Market Review.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/ndr-regulated-dark-fibre

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Airband Community Internet Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 02 June 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 03 July 2017

This document sets out a summary of the contents of an application for Code powers by Airband Community Internet Limited, as well as our proposal to grant Code powers in their favour.

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

Proposal to apply Code Powers to G. Network Communications Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 05 May 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 05 June 2017

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

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

Designing the broadband universal service obligation - Final report to Government

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 07 April 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/broadband-uso

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Consultation
  • Start: 29 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2017-18

Strengthening Openreach’s strategic and operational independence

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 July 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 04 October 2016

In February 2016, Ofcom published its initial conclusions from its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. That document set out a range of actions to make communications work for everyone.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/strengthening-openreachs-independence

Call for inputs: Review of the rules for mandatory daytime PIN protections

  • Consultation
  • Start: 24 March 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 April 2016

Ofcom is considering whether to update rules in the Broadcasting Code (“the Code”) relating to the protection of children. Specifically, Ofcom is considering whether broadcasters should be allowed to show a wider variety of content more suitable for adults before the watershed, provided that a mandatory PIN protection system is in place.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/mandatory-daytime-pin-protections

More radio spectrum for the Internet of Things

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 10 September 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 November 2015

This document confirms that spectrum within the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.0-81.5 MHz bands can be used for Internet of Things (IoT) services and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/radio-spectrum-internet-of-things

Metering and Billing Approval Logo

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 15 July 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 25 August 2015

Providers of Publicly Available Telephone Services (‘PATS’ - fixed and mobile voice services) with an annual turnover in those services of over £40 million are required to obtain approval of their Total Metering and Billing Systems (‘TMBS’) from third-party assessors appointed by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/metering-billing-logo

Business Connectivity Market Review 2016

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 15 May 2015
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 31 July 2015

Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review examines the markets for the provision of leased lines to businesses in the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/business-connectivity-market-review-2016

Business Connectivity Market Review: Consultation on Data Analysis

  • Consultation
  • Start: 08 October 2014
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 19 November 2014

This document is an interim consultation within Ofcom’s current Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR). The BCMR looks at competition in the supply of leased lines, which we have historically defined as dedicated and symmetric fixed line connections purchased by businesses.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/bcmr-data-analysis