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URCA Publishes Draft Consultation Procedures Guidelines For Public Comment
Wednesday October 12th, 2016

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) today published its Draft Consultation Procedure Guidelines (URCA 01/2016) setting out the manner in which stakeholders in the sectors it regulates and the community may comment on regulatory and public policy matters that URCA addresses.

The consultation will be open for comments until 25 November 2016 during which period comments may be submitted to URCA. URCA is encouraging the public to share its views the draft Consultation Procedure Guidelines which will establish the rules under which URCA engages the community on issues affecting the electronics communications and electricity sectors. Consultation Documents are periodically published by URCA on matters affecting consumers and operators in the two sectors which URCA currently regulates, namely the electronic communications sector and the electricity sector. The consultation process is the avenue through which URCA obtains the input of interested persons and the public in its decision making process.

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URCA to commence testing on NewCo’s rollout activities
Tuesday October 4th, 2016

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is pleased to note that in a Press Release issued by NewCo on Friday 30th September 2016, NewCo announced that its first coverage obligations had been met and invited the public to apply to use NewCo’s services during what NewCo refers to as its “soft launch” phase.

On June 30th of this year, following the selection process consistent with the provisions of the Communications Act 2009 (Comms Act), and upon compliance with the Government’s license conditions, NewCo was issued both an Individual Operating Licence (IOL) and an Individual Spectrum Licence (ISL) by URCA. The IOL authorizes the operation of an electronic communications network and provision of carriage services, while the ISL permits the use of specific allocations of premium radio spectrum. Both licences have been awarded for a term of fifteen years, until 29 June 2031. Copies of the licenses can be downloaded from URCA’s website at http://www.urcabahamas.bs/download/005434200.pdf and http://www.urcabahamas.bs/download/005445500.pdf.

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