The MCA has today published a consultation paper on the review of the universal service obligations in the electronic communications sector. This consultation aims to examine the scope of the universal service, in particular in relation to the obligation/s to be met by the designated undertaking. The current universal services include the provision of connection at a fixed location and functional internet access, public payphones, comprehensive electronic directory services, specific measures for vulnerable users, special tariffs for low income and people with social needs and services to enable consumers control their expenditure. This consultation also delineates the cost and funding methodology applicable for a claim for funding to be submitted by an undertaking in respect of the provision of the universal services.
Review of Universal Service Obligations on Electronic Communication Services, Response to Consultation and Decision