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Review of Universal Service Obligations on Electronic Communication Services, Consultation and Proposed Decision


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 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.

2.        Documents
3.        Submission of input

Submissions must be sent in through the following channels:

By email:
By post:    Chief of Operations
                Malta Communications Authority
                Valletta Waterfront, Pinto Wharf,
                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 Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.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:
Data Protection Statement the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (Chapter 586)

The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act Chapter 586 regulate the processing of personal data whether held electronically or in manual form. The Ministry for European Affairs and Equality collects only information which is necessary for it to perform its intended functions and is set to fully comply with the Data Protection Principles as set out in the Data Protection Legislation.  Verification of the ID number provided will take place as deemed necessary. All personal data provided will be processed according to the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (Cap 586).
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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