Conditions of General Authorizations
There is no standard set of conditions for general authorisations or class licences. The conditions attached to general authorisations in different countries are products of the individual circumstances and regulatory framework in each country.
The conditions of general authorizations issued in EU Member States must comply with the terms of the EU Authorisation Directive. This Directive stipulates that general authorisations may only be subject to certain conditions listed in the Annex to the Directive.
Pursuant to the EU Authorisation, general authorizations issued by Member States may only be subject to the following conditions:
· financial contributions to funding of the universal service;
· interoperability of services and interconnection of networks;
· accessibility and portability of numbers- portability means that users have the option to keep their telephone number when they change operators;
· rules on privacy protection and, more specifically, the protection of minors;
· the obligation to transmit certain television and radio programmes ("must carry");
· environmental and town and country planning requirements;
· the possible imposition of administrative charges on undertakings; and
· restrictions concerning the broadcast of illegal content.
The conditions that have been imposed by the Irish regulator and by Ofcom, the
The conditions of class licences in
Some general authorizations contain detailed terms and conditions. In countries where the regulatory framework is still maturing, it may be necessary to include fairly detailed terms and conditions in order to protect the public interest. In Jordan, for example, the provisions of the Public Telecommunications Class Licence cover a range of matters, including (but not limited to): eligibility; ownership and control; use of Jordanian resources; licence fees; universal service obligations; interconnection; emergency services; directory services; general service obligations and quality of service obligations; confidentiality of information; pricing; modification of Licence; and renewal and termination of Licence. Some of these terms and conditions are set out in the actual Licence, while others are included in the schedules to the Licence.