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Broadband as a Universal Service: Ensuring the availability of an adequate broadband internet access service, including the underlying connection, at a fixed location

OPEN CONSULTATION

 
From: Ministry for Finance and Financial Services
​(Malta Communications Authority)
​Published on: ​28 August 2020
Running till: ​8 October 2020
​Last Updated: ​28 August 2020
1.        Background

The availability of an adequate and reliable broadband internet access service is today a crucial enabler for participation in the digital economy and society. The coronavirus pandemic is a clear reminder on how dependent we are on the internet and, by implication, on the underlying high-speed broadband infrastructure. It is essential that citizens and businesses are able to access an adequate broadband internet access service, regardless of where they live or work.

Whilst under the current EU regulatory framework broadband as a universal service refers only to a fixed connection permitting functional internet access at an established minimum data rate, the new regulatory framework, referred to as the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), now includes access to an available adequate broadband internet access service, including the underlying connection, at a fixed location within the scope of the universal service.

This consultation document proposes the minimum functional characteristics of an adequate broadband internet access service for Malta. It also depicts the approach to be used by the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) in safeguarding the availability of an adequate broadband internet access service as a universal service.

The MCA is seeking the views and comments of all interested parties on the proposals put forward in this consultation document so that all opinions may be considered in the process of deciding on the specific requirements.


2.        Documents
3.        Submission of input
 
Submissions must be sent in through the following channels:
By post:     Chief of Policy and Planning
   Malta Communications Authority
 Valletta Waterfront
 Floriana FRN1913

Submissions must be received by 8 October 2020.​
We thank you in advance for your input.
Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address: onlineconsultations@gov.mt.
Comments cannot exceed 10,000 characters. If you think your submission will exceed this limit please make use of the email address published on this consultation page.   
 
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In addition, please be aware of:
 
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.

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