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Poland

New telecommunications lawWierzbowski & Szubielska, Warsaw

On August 14 2000, the President of the Republic of Poland signed the Act of July 21 2000 Telecommunications Law, which marks an important step towards the liberalization of telecommunications in Poland.

The law is intended to create a framework to set up an efficient and competitive telecommunications market in Poland, as well as appropriate infrastructure, while observing the rights and interests of all telecommunication users.

The liberalization of the telecommunications market consists of running telecommunications activities on the basis of a registration, with permits required only in particular cases, such as the operation of public phone networks and public networks destined to provide radio or TV programmes.

The law, fulfilling the provisions of EU directives concerning the open access to telecommunications networks, provides for the creation of an independent regulatory authority for telecommunications, — the President of the Office of Telecommunications Regulation, who is appointed and dismissed by the Prime Minister.

Under the new law, the competencies of the President of the Office of Telecommunications Regulation will include, in particular:

  • involvement in the regulation of telecommunications activities and frequency management;
  • creating conditions for the development of the domestic radio communications service;
  • assessment of the operation of the market of telecommunications services, and of the telecommunications equipment market; and
  • cooperation with international telecommunications organizations, and competent foreign national authorities.

The new regulations become effective as of January 1 2001.

Ludomir Biedecki

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