Bahamas -- Electronic Communications Sector Policy, 2009

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 The Electronic Communications Sector Policy (the Policy) was issued by the Prime Minister's Office of the Bahamas.  As stated in the Preface to the Policy, the Policy:outlines the regulatory structure for the electronic communications sector to operate under;sets out the Government’s objectives and vision for the sector in The Bahamas and further liberalisation of the sector; andsets regulatory priorities for URCA [Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority] to implement.The Policy includes discussion of the Government's policy objectives; plans for the liberalisation of the electronic communications sector; content regulation and public service broadcasting; consumer protection; sector regulation through Bahamas's URCA; and the role of the Government in regulating and overseeing the electronic communications sector.The Policy identifies and elaborates upon the following as priorities for the URCA in its regulation of the electronic communications sector: Implementing Internal Procedures and external guidelines to allow the proper functioning of URCA;Processing of Licence Applications and Licence Reviews;Interim Significant Market Power (SMP) Determinations and SMP Obligations;National Spectrum Plan;Cellular Liberalisation;Market Reviews;Universal Service Obligation (“USO”);Content Regulation and Public Service Broadcasting (“PSB”); andConsumer Protection.The Policy remains in effect for up to three years from its issuance.

By Bahamas -- Prime Minister's Office of the Bahamas. Published June 2010.

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