Extension For Responses To Second Consultation on the Technical Standards Framework for FM Radio Broadcasting

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (“URCA”) issues this Notice in accordance with Section 8(1)(e) of the Communications Act, 2009 and Section 9 of the URCA Consultation Procedure Guidelines – 04/2017.

On 13 July 2018 URCA published on its website Consultation Document – ECS 08/2018 which provided FM radio broadcasters, members of the public and other interested parties the opportunity to submit to URCA written responses to the proposed technical standards for FM radio broadcasting in The Bahamas and other related matters. The consultation period closed on 13 August 2018 and URCA is concerned that it has not received any written responses to the Consultation Document.

URCA recognizes the potential impact of the proposed technical standards on the FM broadcast industry and the wider Bahamian public and is aware that the matters under consultation have received substantial media coverage and public commentary. In the circumstances, URCA extends the Response Date to its “Second Consultation on the Technical Standards Framework for FM Radio Broadcasting in The Bahamas ECS – 08/2018” to 28 August 2018 to provide a further opportunity for interested persons to submit written responses. URCA is particularly seeking to solicit comments from FM radio broadcasters.  All interested persons now have until Tuesday, 28 August 2018 to submit written responses to URCA.

Subject to the revised date for submission of responses, all responses must be submitted in accordance with the instructions as set out in the Consultation Document.

The Consultation Document may be downloaded from the “Consultations” section of the URCA website: www.urcabahamas.bs