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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 11 January launch of the second phase of registration of .swiss internet addresses extends the range of possible domain names and potential candidates. It also opens up the possibility for umbrella organisations or sector representatives to submit a dossier in order to obtain a generic address, such as hotel.swiss or watch.swiss, which will then be put at the disposal of the sector as a whole. The first phase has already enabled some 7000 .swiss internet addresses to be assigned.

The SRG cannot yet benefit from the new advertising possibilities of a joint venture with Swisscom and Ringier. OFCOM has applied a precautionary measure which forbids the SRG from market entry and new advertising activities within the joint venture. The ban applies until conclusion of OFCOM's supervisory procedure, or 31 March 2016 at the latest.

Switzerland is committed to closing digital divides - between different countries, but also between genders. Philipp Metzger, Director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) and head of the Swiss delegation, emphasized this at the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the continuing implementation of the results of the World Summit on the Information Society which concludes today in New York. The international city of Geneva will also continue to play an important part in this process.

Radio and television (16.10.2015)
The radio and television statistics from the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) are based on the annual activity report that all broadcasters holding a licence granted by the Confederation or with an expenditure of over CHF 200'000 are obliged to submit.

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.

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