Documents

– Written Submissions

Draft Regulations for Sectors to meet the need of people with disabilites

On 14 June 2007, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”) published notice number 765 of 2007, in government gazette number 29986, (“the notice”). In the notice, ICASA invited interested persons to submit written representations to its intention to make regulations in respect of the Electronic Communications, Broadcasting and Postal sectors to meet the needs of people with disabilities (“the proposed regulations”) in terms of section 70 read with section 4(1) of the EC Act as well as section 2(h) of the Postal Services Act 1244 of 1998. The closing date for written submissions was 20 July 2007. The NAB made a written submission in this regard.

Subsequently, on 20 September 2007, ICASA invited stakeholders to participate in a consultative workshop, which was intended to assist in the finalisation of the regulations on the code for people with disabilities.

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NAB submission (Channel 65 Gazette)

In the Government Gazette of 22 February 2006, ICASA in terms of Section 29(4) of the Telecommunications Act and Section 31(2) of the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act invited interested parties to make written representations regarding its intention to use channel 65 as described in the annual terrestrial broadcasting frequency plan for “non-broadcasting purposes”. The National Association of Broadcasters (“the NAB”) welcomes the opportunity to make these written representations. The NAB would also like to have the opportunity to make an oral representation at the hearings of this matter when they occur. view full article

ICASA Publishes findings of its Self-help Stations Policy Review

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“the Authority”) published a Discussion Paper (“the Discussion Paper”) on the Review of Self-Help Stations (“the Review”) on 6 December 2004. The purpose of the Discussion Paper was to generate comment from all stakeholders on the Review of Self-Help Stations. Section 28 of the Independent Broadcasting Act, No. 153 of 1993 (“IBA Act”) provides that the Authority may from time to time conduct an inquiry into any matter relevant to the achievement and application of the principles of broadcasting as enunciated in section 2 of the Act. view full article

NAB submission to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications on the ICASA Amendment Bill [B32-2005]

On 26 September 2005, notice of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Bill [B32-2005] ("the Bill") was published in Notice 1783, Government Gazette No. 28050 dated 20 September 2005. The purpose of the Bill is to effect amendments to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act, 2000 ("the ICASA Act"). Interested persons were invited to make representations on the Bill, the closing date for which is 10 October 2005. view full article

SUBMISSION MADE TO THE DEPARMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS IN RESPONSE TO THE DIGITAL MIGRATION OF BROADCASTING SYSTEMS POLICY ISSUE PAPER

The Department of Communications (“the Department”) has issued what is styled “Draft 1 Digital Migration of Broadcasting Systems and Policy Issue Paper” (“the Digital Paper”) and has called for a select group of stake-holders to comment thereon by 28 January 2005. view full article

NAB SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT ICASA CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR THE PROVISION OF BROADCASTING SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The NAB fully acknowledges the importance of broadcasters addressing disability issues. We are of the view that a Code as proposed by ICASA will go a long way in providing broadcasters with guidance in reaching these goals. The NAB is generally supportive of the approach taken by ICASA view full article

NAB Submission to ICASA on the Draft Terrestrial Broadcst Frequency Plan 2004, as Published in Government Notice 2776 of 3 December 2004.

On 03 December 2004, ICASA, in terms of section 31 (2) of the IBA Act, 1993, invited interested parties to give written input on the draft broadcast frequency plan (“draft plan”) and policy issues laid out in section 2 of the document. The National Association of Broadcasters (“the NAB”) welcomes the opportunity to make these written representations. view full article

NAB Submission on the Introduction of a Regulatory Framework for Subscription Broadcasting in South Africa

On 23 April 2004 the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ("the Authority") published (under Government Notice726 of 2004 in Government Gazette No.26289) a Discussion Paper on Subscription Broadcasting ("the Discussion Paper"), with a view to generating comment from all stakeholders on the introduction of a regulatory framework for subscription broadcasting in South Africa. view full article

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