Report on actions taken by UKE President to implement objectives and tasks under Regulation Strategy 2006-2007.
On 4 July 2006, the Council of Ministers adopted The Regulation Strategy 2006-2007. How to accelarate the development of Polish telecommunications market, reduce service costs for Poles and enhance availability of modern solutions, whose draft version was presented and consulted by the then Ministry of Transport and Construction (Transport Ministry at present) with the telecommunications industry in December 2005. The goal behind the Strategy is to support both economic and civilisation development through enhanced availability and use of modern telecommunications solutions. Following a few years of backlog resulting from derelictions od duty by the former public administration management (in particular by the President of the Office of Telecommunications and Post Regulation, hereinafter referred to as the URTiP President), penetration of telecommunications services in Poland, in particular Internet access, remained at a dramatically unsatisfactory level, whereas the cost of these services as borne by clients remained very high.
Therefore, the Transport Ministry and the whole Council of Ministers have decided that decisive regulatory actions aimed at rapid elimination of this backlog must be taken by relevant state administration bodies. At the same time, the Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński in his exposè pointed to the necessity of reducing telecommunications service costs and enhancing Internet access as crucial conditions stimulating economic and social development of Poland.
In order to ensure that these objectives are met, the Regulation Strategy goes further than just diagnose the situation and indicate strategic tasks. It includes a highly specific list of six prority tasks which should be taken up when regulating the Polish telecommunications market in order to have them implemented. Furthermore, under each Priority there is a list of works which should be carried out immediately (within a time horizon of the first few months) to bring these Priorities to life, thus meeting the objectives.
Both the implementation of the Regulation Strategy and meeting the objectives is vested first and foremost in the Office of Electronic Communications (hereinafter referred to as UKE), established in January 2006. The aim behind this document is to provide a succinct summary of the facts concerning the Polish telecommunications market at the time when UKE was established (a detailed diagnosis of the market was laid down in the Regulation Strategy) and to present the work progress on the Strategy after the first five months of effective UKE operation (as of the moment the UKE President was nominated in May 2006).
This document presents the following:
1. Situation on the telecommunications market at the time when a new regulating body (UKE President) was established;
2. Objectives set forth in the Regulation Strategy;
3. Work progress as regards specific tasks indicated in item 2 along with market changes that should result from these tasks’ implementation.
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