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The future of universal service (US) and universal service obligation (USO) in Poland - the principles of a new legal framework


2010-08-18

The concept of the President of UKE for the future of universal service in Poland.

 

From 14 to 28 May 2010, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications held consultations on the general concept for a new model of universal service provision in Poland under the title "The future of universal service (US) and universal service obligation (USO) in Poland - the principles of a new legal framework". Within the framework of consultations the President of UKE received eight responses from the following entities:

  • Instytut Łączności (the National Institute of Telecommunications),
  • Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza Elektroniki i Telekomunikacji (the National Chamber of Electronic and Telecommunication Industry),
  • Polska Izba Informatyki i Telekomunikacji (the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications),
  • Polska Izba Komunikacji Elektronicznej (the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communication),
  • GTS Energis Sp. z o.o.,
  • Polkomtel SA,
  • Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa Sp. z o.o.,
  • Telekomunikacja Polska SA.

Submitted papers were analysed in detail by the President of UKE.
Ultimately, the consulted concept for a new model of universal service provision in Poland remained unchanged, except for the issue of public pay phones. The President of UKE found that in order to ensure conformity with the provisions of the Universal Service Directive (USD), public pay phones will remain part of the universal service obligation, which however does not mean that the President of UKE will designate an undertaking or undertakings to provide them. Following consultations, under Article 6 (2) of USD, the President of UKE will be able to decide not to impose the obligation to provide public pay phones in all or part of the territory of Poland. However, if as a result of consultations, the President of UKE finds that it is necessary to impose such an obligation, the current provider of universal service will be designated (TP). It will be obliged to agree on the availability of public pay phones with self government authorities. As regards public pay phones planned for liquidation, self government authorities will be able to prevent it and to cover potential loss resulting from their maintenance. The President of UKE will resolve potential disputes, including those related to the financing of public pay phones by self government authorities.

The concept of the President of UKE "The future of universal service (US) and universal service obligation (USO) in Poland - the principles of a new legal framework" is available in Polish.

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