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Compliance With The Code Of Practice For Broadcasting Content
Friday September 16th, 2016

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, (URCA) reminds all broadcasters and persons who deliver audiovisual media services in The Bahamas, to ensure that they and their employees, agents and other persons involved in the delivery of audiovisual media services comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for Content Regulation (ECS 06/2012) (the Code). The Code, issued by URCA on March 2nd 2012, sets standards for content delivered via audiovisual media services in The Bahamas. All radio and television broadcasters in The Bahamas are required to comply with the provisions of the Code.

Through its broadcast content monitoring, URCA notes an increase in the broadcasting of content which may breach the provisions of the Code. Broadcasters and the general public should note in particular, section 3.1, and Part 4 of the Code which relate to “Standards of Taste and Decency” and “Harm and Offence” and which alia: “…prohibits the broadcast of content which would be considered by the general public in The Bahamas to be harmful, abusive, offensive, discriminatory or otherwise contrary to the standards of taste and decency which generally obtain in Bahamian society. The Code also prohibits the broadcast of information about any person or undertaking or any event which is incorrect, untrue or misleading and which the content provider knew, ought to have known, or would have discovered through reasonable investigation, to be incorrect, untrue or misleading. As a result of this observed trend, URCA will increase its monitoring of content being broadcast via FM radio in The Bahamas.

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Consultation on BTC’s amended Reference Access and Interconnection Offer
Monday September 12th, 2016

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (“URCA”) issues this Notice in accordance with section 11 of the Communications Act, 2009. Further to URCA’s Final Determination (ECS 19/2016) on the required changes to BTC’s Reference Access and Interconnection Offer (RAIO), BTC submitted its amended RAIO to URCA for its review and final approval. The amended RAIO can be downloaded from URCA’s website at http://www.urcabahamas.bs/download/030674000.pdf. URCA invites and welcomes written comments from interested parties regarding the amendments set out in the revised BTC RAIO.

The timelines for submitting comments and URCA’s final review and approval are set forth below:

  • Interested parties may submit comments to URCA on BTC’s RAIO amendments on or before September 19, 2016.
  • URCA will provide BTC with copies of all responses received.
  • BTC may submit comments to URCA on the responses received on or before September 26, 2016.
  • Upon review of all comments URCA will indicate BTC’s compliance or otherwise with URCA’s Final
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