On 10 October, the Ordinance of the Minister of Administration and Digitization of 26 March 2014 on detailed requirements relating to the provision of facilities for disabled persons by the providers of publicly available telephone services, issued based on Article 79c (3) of the Telecommunications Act, entered into force.
The amendment of the Telecommunications Act of 16 July 2004 (consolidated text in the Journal of Laws of 2014, item 243, hereinafter referred to as the TA) imposed on all providers of publicly available telephone services the obligation to provide disabled end users, subject to technical capabilities, with access to services which is equivalent to that used by the majority of end users. Previously, the obligation to provide facilities for disabled persons was imposed only on the undertaking designated to provide services comprising universal service.
New provisions of the Ordinance govern, inter alia, the following issues:
In addition, within 24 months of the Ordinance publication, the websites of telephone service providers should be adapted to the needs of disabled persons, in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.0 standard.
The full text of the Ordinance is available in the attached file.
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Facilitating access to telephone services for disabled users (by means of legislative amendments and cooperation with telecommunications undertakings and organizations representing the interests of people with disabilities) is promoted by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Resolution 58 on access to information and communication technology for persons with disabilities adopted during the World Telecommunication Development Conference.
It encourages Member States to implement appropriate domestic legislation facilitating the use of ICTs by disabled persons.