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High-quality public service broadcasting impossible without radio and television reception fees

Kein qualitativ hochwertiger Service public ohne Radio- und Fernsehgebühren

High-quality public service broadcasting impossible without radio and television reception fees

The Federal Council is recommending that Parliament rejects the Federal popular initiative "Yes to the abolition of the radio and television licence fees (abolition of Billag fees)". At its meeting on 19 October 2016, it passed the corresponding Federal Dispatch to Parliament.

Public service in the media sector


Federal Council report on the public service in the media sector

The report analyses the public service provided by the SSR SRG and private radio and television broadcasters with and without support from reception fees and presents approaches for the future scope of the public service.

"Digital Switzerland" Strategy


"Digital Switzerland" Strategy

Switzerland should consistently exploit the opportunities of digitisation in all areas of life. This is the focus of the Federal Council's "Digital Switzerland" Strategy which was adopted in April 2016. The Federal Council wishes to ensure that Switzerland can benefit from increasing digitisation and develop even more dynamically as an innovative national economy and as a location for research and innovation. The new strategy supersedes the Federal Council's Strategy for an Information Society in Switzerland dating from 2012.

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.


Frequencies and licences for the alpine ski world championships 2017 in St. Moritz

If you intend to install and operate wireless radiocommunications during the alpine ski world championships to be held in St. Moritz from 6th to 20th February 2017, you must submit a request to OFCOM in advance in order to obtain a temporary licence valid for the duration of the event.

Teaser .ch-Domains

Public invitation to tender for delegation of the management of .ch

The SWITCH Foundation will again be the registry for the ".ch" domain for the next five years. It won the public tender process which the OFCOM launched in mid-April 2016. Its candidature stood out for the combination of an excellent concept for combating cybercrime and a good price/performance ratio.


Press Releases


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