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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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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.

In 2014, Swiss Post continued to offer the payment transaction services which are imposed upon it by the legal provisions and met the requirements of the Federal Council in relation to their accessibility. This is the conclusion reached by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) after having examined the annual report on the fulfilment of the payment-related universal service mandate which Swiss Post submitted to it for the 2nd consecutive year.

Following the decision by the Federal Court of 13 April 2015 that VAT will no longer be charged on the radio and television reception fee, those who have already paid the invoice for the period from April 2015 will receive a refund. The company Billag will implement the decision of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). Radio and television reception fee payers will therefore have any overpayment they have made deducted from their next invoice. As a result, they will not be disadvantaged in comparison with households and companies who will receive an invoice in May on which no VAT will be charged.

As of 1 May 2015, the radio and television reception fee will no longer be subject to value-added tax (VAT). It will decrease from CHF 462 to 451. This is the consequence of a ruling published today by the Federal Supreme Court. At present, the radio/TV reception fee is subject to VAT at a rate of 2.5%. The other possible consequences of this decision will be the subject of a detailed analysis by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) and the Federal Tax Administration (FTA).

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