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Federal Office of Communications

The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) deals with questions related to telecommunications, broadcasting and post. In these areas, OFCOM is responsible for tasks relating to regulation and to national authority, in particular ensuring the quality of the universal service and the public service. The Office prepares the decisions of the Swiss government (the Federal Council), the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and the Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom). OFCOM is also developing international activities.

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Adapting the universal service in relation to telecommunications to needs and to technological developments: this is the objective of the revision of the Telecommunication Services Ordinance (TSO) put out for consultation by the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM. From 2018 onwards, it is expected that internet access will no longer be linked to the rental of a telephone line. The user will be able to benefit from a higher speed than at present, i.e. 3000/300 kbit/s. The subscription price for a fixed telephone will have to include all calls to the fixed and mobile networks in Switzerland. Its price will be limited to CHF 27.20 per month. In addition, the obligation to provide a public telephone in every municipality will be lifted. Interested parties have until 1 December 2015 to express their opinion.

The Federal Council intends to preserve the residual monopoly in relation to postage of letters. Experience to date in Switzerland and Europe as well as the changes in the letter market are add odds with the full liberalisation of the market, according to the Federal Council in an evaluation report published today.

Public or private businesses and organisations can now apply to acquire a .swiss internet address. During the initial phase launched on 7 September 2015, applications can relate only to trademarks registered in accordance with an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) process, names associated with public bodies and distinctive signs protected in Switzerland. At a press conference this morning, federal councillor Doris Leuthard, the head of DETEC, stressed the importance to the Swiss economy of the availability of this new "shop window" abroad.

Within the framework of the 2015 edition of the Going Local, representatives of the European Ccommission came on 1 July to Bern to discuss digital matters with the Swiss authorities. Going Local is the European Commission's outreach to stakeholders and citizens in Member States and neighbouring countries on digital matters. On the agenda of this 2015 edition were topics such as the new Strategy for a "Digital Single Market in Europe", data protection, copyright, e-health, e-government, telecommunications and media.

On 14 June 2015, the people voted to accept the revision of the Radio and Television Act (RTVA). The new system for the collection of a universal fee from households and businesses will be implemented in mid-2018, or at the beginning of 2019, since some preliminary work is still required. The current provisions concerning the reception fee will therefore remain in force until then.

Annual Report 2014 (07.07.2015)
Securing the present and preparing for the future: this is what kept OFCOM busy in 2014, as testified by the annual report 2014.

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