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Responsibilities of the telecommunications undertakings towards people with disabilities


2015-04-23
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The President of UKE calls on the providers of publicly available telephone services to present information on facilitations they provide to people with disabilities.

 

On 10th April 2015 another part of the provisions of the Ordinance of the Minister of Administration and Digitization of 26 March 2014 on specific requirements regarding the provision of facilities for people with disabilities by providers of publicly available telephone services (Journal of Laws of 2014, item 464) entered into force. Thus, most of the provisions of the Ordinance have been valid from this day, because the responsibilities which will come into force in 2016 regard only the adaptation of websites by service providers according to the WCAG 2.0. standard.

It should be underlined that under the amendment of the Act of 16 July 2004 on Telecommunications Law (Journal of Laws of 2014, item 243, as amended) all providers of publicly available telephone services are obliged to ensure, as far as technically possible, to end users with disabilities access to the telephone services they provide equivalent to the access of the majority of end users (Article 79c (1)). Previously, the obligation to provide facilities for people with disabilities laid only with the entrepreneur designated to provide services included in the universal service.

The President of UKE, carrying out activities within the scope of intervention and control of the functioning of the telecommunications market, informs that she requested the providers of publicly available telephone services to present detailed information on the provision of facilities for people with disabilities. The obtained information will be used to verify the level of providers of publicly available telephone services’ compliance with the obligations imposed by law.

The scope of information that shall be provided to the President of UKE is included in the form available in Polish.

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