Telecoms regulator tells Government to scrap telecoms and broadcast legislation

Telecoms regulator tells Government to scrap telecoms and broadcast legislation
Richard Wilson
Don Cruickshank, the out-going director general of telecommunications, has called for a complete overhaul of the government’s telecommunications and broadcast regulatory policy.
This week he will tell MPs that the current licensing scheme, which he has policed over the past few years, is over complicated and difficult to enforce in the present highly competitive communications sector. He called for urgent government action to put rules in place to make sure UK businesses and consumers were not penalised.
Cruickshank, who leaves Oftel at the month’s end to become chairman of the government’s Action 2000 Millennium bug initiative, was more outspoken and critical of the government’s licensing policy than any other telecoms regulator. “The award of these licences, the monitoring of them and the enforcement of licence breaches is a time consuming, interventionist and often inefficient process,” he said.
Cruickshank, who will make his comments to the Department for Culture Media and Sport select committee this week, will also call for an end to public service broadcasting requirements for ITV3 and Channel 5.


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