Consumer Centre

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) regulates telecommunications and broadcasting in The Bahamas? These services comprise what we refer to as the electronic communications sector or ECS, including fixed and mobile telephone services, spectrum and numbering, internet services and broadcasting including pay television.

Did you know that the market for cable television services in The Bahamas has been liberalised since the year 2009?

Did you know that as at July 30, 2013 there were 200 entities licensed by URCA?

Did you know that by July 30, 2013, 31 of the 200 URCA licensees held licences for radio broadcasting in designated parts of The Bahamas?

Did you know that there is now a charge associated with telephoning directory assistance? Since February 2012, the first three calls in any given month from a fixed line or mobile telephone number are free; however subsequent calls in the month would attract a 35¢ per call charge.

Did you know that according to current legislation, April 2014 represents opening of the market for mobile telephone services to one additional competitor.

Did you know that radio and television broadcasters in The Bahamas are bound by a Code of Practice for Content Regulation? On- demand audio-visual media services and carriage services are also bound by this Code. In May 2012 URCA issued a Final Determination and Order on the Code.

Did you know that the Code of Practice for Content Regulation addresses issues like content that may cause harm and offence and the protection of young persons? It establishes standards and guidelines for political broadcasts and political advertising, advertising and sponsorships, news and factual programmes? It also establishes a complaints handling process, should you believe a broadcaster, radio or television, to have breached any part of the Code.

Did you know that the Minister with responsibility for the electronic communications sector in The Bahamas is the Prime Minister?

Did you know that the Minister with responsibility for the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is the Attorney General?

Did you know that URCA replaced the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Television Regulatory Authority (TRA)? In 2009, a new regulatory regime for electronic communications in The Bahamas was established with the passage of three (3) core pieces of legislation. The Communications Act, 2009, The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) Act, 2009 and the Utilities Appeal Tribunal (UAT) Act, 2009.