Review of ISP Licences

Closed 11 Dec 2017

Opened 27 Oct 2017

Feedback updated 19 Feb 2018

We asked

The Communications Commission asked for views on whether a review of internet service provider licences is necessary at this time.

You said

We received 12 responses to our consultation. The responses we received were varied and raised useful and interesting points which require further detailed consideration by the Communications Commission.


We did

We are considering further some additional points raised as part of the consultation. We are due to appoint up to 2 new Board Members in April 2018 and will aim to bring a suggested proposal to the Board after April to ensure that our newest Members can have input. 


This consultation is aimed at considering whether, and if so, how, the Communications Commission should review Internet Service Provider (ISP) licences.

The Communications Commission would welcome views from the business community and in particular current and potential licensees. 

Why your views matter

ISP licences were originally designed in an era of dial-up internet access prior to the introduction of consumer broadband services, to facilitate market entry by service providers who wanted to offer internet data services to customers, where the customer would buy other fixed access services such as line rental and voice calls from other providers.  Technology has evolved and the line between ISP and full licensee’s offerings appear increasingly blurred.



What happens next

The Commission will consider responses to this consultation before coming to a conclusion on how, or whether it should address a licence review.   


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