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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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The SRG's harmonised cost and performance accounting (HKLR), financial reporting and real estate management are of high quality and are adequately embedded in the company's management system. This was the conclusion of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) in the second cycle of its performance audit of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR).

Starting a career as a young woman in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) - why not? On the international day of action "Girls in ICT" on 23 April 2015, OFCOM will show young women prospects for their future careers.

The OFCOM statistics has a new format: A new clear matrix on the OFCOM website helps readers to quickly access the desired information. OFCOM collects, presents and analyses a multitude of quantitative data in relation to telecommunications, radio and television.

OFCOM and SWITCH have renewed their contractual relationship concerning the management of ".ch" domain names until mid-2017. This allows the proper conclusion of the current migration of holders of ".ch" internet addresses that are direct customers of SWITCH to independent marketers of domain names.

The electorate can vote on the revision of the Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVA) on 14 June 2015. This should replace today's device-dependent reception fee with a universal fee and will be adapted to technological developments. As the fee would be paid by more households, it will be possible to reduce the fee per household from CHF 462 to CHF 400 per year. For companies, the fee is graduated according to turnover, and companies with a low turnover will not have to pay fees. According to the Head of DETEC Doris Leuthard, speaking in Berne today regarding discussions of the Federal Council's position, the new system is simple and fair. Revision of the RTVA will also strengthen local radio and television stations with public service mandates.

The purpose of the universal service is to guarantee that a basic telecommunications services offer is made available to all sections of the population and in all the regions of the country. These services must be affordable, reliable and of a certain quality. The universal service includes telephony, telefax, data transmission, broadband internet connections, access to the emergency services, public payphones and the provision of special services for the disabled.

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