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Institutional details 2014
Name of Authority
Office of Utilities Regulation
Year created 1995
Legal document that created the authority
Office of Utilities Regulation Act
Reports to Report to Government (or Prime Minister)
Does the Regulatory Authority also regulate other public utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.)?
n/a
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Yes
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
n/a
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Regulatory fees; ; percentage: Other; ; Source: Processing fees for licences ; ; percentage:
Structure of the Regulator 2014
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Albert Gordon (Director General)
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members n/a
Is the Head of the commission also responsible for day to day administrative matters? Yes
Who appoints the Members/Head?
The Director General is appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Deputy Directors-General are appointed by the Prime Minister.
Period of appointment (years): n/a
Total number of staff in the Regulatory Authority: 59
Regulatory Functions 2014
M Licensing
R Op Interconnection rates
Regulator sets rate for dominant fixed line operator and dominant mobile operators. Non dominant operators set their own rates.
R Op Price Regulation
Some retail rates of the dominant fixed operator is regulated via a price cap. Operators that have not been declared dominant set their own rates.
R Technical standards settings
Om Radio frequency allocation
Spectrum Management Authority
Om Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
Spectrum Management Authority
R Numbering
Om Type approval
Spectrum Management Authority
R Op Service quality monitoring
The Regulator is currently consulting on quality of service standards.
M Om Universal Service
The Sector Minister is responsible for determining the Universal Service obligation and the designation of a universal service provider(s). An entity called the Universal Service Fund has been established to collect, manage and disburse the funds from the universal service levy
R Op Quality of service standards
The Regulator is currently consulting on quality of service standards.
R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
Om Broadcasting
Broadcasting Commission
Om Broadcasting content
Broadcasting Commission
NR Information technology
NR Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2014
YearLegislation
2008 Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion (Amendment) Act
2000 Office of Utilities Regulation (Amendment) Act
An Act to amend the Office of Utilities Regulation Act
2000 Telecommunications Act
Repealed the Telephone Act 1893
1996 The Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations
1995 Office of Utilities Regulation Act
Repealed the Public Utility Commission Act & make new provisions for the supervision of utility services
1972 Radio and Telegraph Control Act
Amended in 2000.
1949 Broadcasting and Redifusion Act
Amended in 2001.

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