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MPF rental at service maintenance level 1

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 05 May 2017

Consultation on our direction making powers to specify the fair and reasonable charge that BT may apply for an important local loop unbundling service which is used by telecoms providers to supply broadband to retail customers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/mpf-rental-at-service-maintenance-level-1

Wholesale local access market review

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 09 June 2017

A 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

Coexistence of new services in the 700 MHz band with digital terrestrial television

  • Consultation
  • Start: 09 May 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 18 July 2017

This consultation presents our technical analysis of coexistence issues between future mobile services in the 700 MHz band and digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the adjacent band.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/coexistence-of-new-services-in-the-700-mhz-band-with-digital-terrestrial-television

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Aylesbury Vale Broadband Limited

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

The grant of Code powers is intended to assist persons that provide an electronic communications network and/or system of conduits.

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

Proposal to apply Code Powers to G. Network Communications Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 05 May 2017
  • Status: Open
  • 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

Consultation on financial reporting for standalone landline telephone services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 25 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 23 May 2017

This consultation sets out our further proposals for the financial reporting requirements that BT will need to follow in relation to retail standalone landline telephone services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/consultation-on-financial-reporting-for-standalone-landline-telephone-services

Wholesale local access market review: duct and pole access remedies

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 April 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 15 June 2017

This consultation concerns Openreach’s duct and pole access product, known as physical infrastructure access (PIA).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/duct-pole-access-remedies

Quality of service for WLR, MPF and GEA

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • 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

Delivering a more independent Openreach

  • Consultation
  • Start: 17 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 28 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.

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

Non-domestic rates and the price for regulated Dark Fibre

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • 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

Automatic compensation

  • Consultation
  • 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.

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

Electronic Communications Code

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

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

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

Review of the market for standalone landline telephone services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 28 February 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-of-landline-telephone-services

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Wildcard UK Limited

  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/proposal-to-apply-code-powers-to-wildcard-uk-limited

Proposal to revoke Code powers from certain companies

  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/proposal-to-revoke-code-powers-from-certain-companies

Designing the broadband universal service obligation - Final report to Government

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

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

Proposal to apply Code Powers to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

  • Consultation
  • Start: 21 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 22 May 2017

The grant of Code powers is intended to assist persons that provide an electronic communications network and/or system of conduits. In particular, persons with Code powers may.

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

Wholesale Local Access Market Review: Initial proposals to develop an effective PIA remedy

  • Consultation
  • Start: 06 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 31 January 2017

This consultation follows our Digital Communications Review (DCR) and a progress update published in July on supporting investment in ultrafast broadband networks.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/wholesale-local-access-market-review-proposals-PIA

Narrowband Market Review

  • Consultation
  • Start: 01 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 29 March 2017

Consultation on the proposed markets, market power determinations and remedies for wholesale call termination, wholesale call origination and wholesale narrowband access markets.

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

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