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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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On 14 June 2015 the electorate accepted the amendments to the Radio and Television Act (RTVA). Today OFCOM is launching the public consultation in relation to the implementing provisions of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO). Comments on the draft of the revised RTVO may be submitted to OFCOM until 24 November 2015.

French-speaking listeners of fee-funded local radio stations receive the most regional information: local radio stations which receive fee-splitting broadcast an average of 36 minutes of regional information per working day in French-speaking Switzerland. In German-speaking Switzerland the average is 25 minutes, whereas in Canton Ticino it is only 16 minutes. These are the results of a study commissioned by the Federal Office of Communications which evaluated programme services in 2014.

The value-added tax on the reception fee will not be reimbursed retroactively. This is the conclusion reached by OFCOM, which together with the FTA analysed the consequences of the Federal Court judgement, according to which fee-payers do not have to pay value-added tax on the reception fee.

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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