Liberian watchdog meets broadcast media on new regulations

Regulation & Policy

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has held talks with broadcast media executives in a public consultation hearing to get input on the proposed new licence fee regulations that will come into effect in January 2015. KTA chairperson Angelique Weeks gave radio and television executives an opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback, NewDawn reported.

The hearing brought about 30 broadcast executives together to through the new regulations, which include an increase in the present fee structure but will provide better management of the nation's scarce spectrum resources.

There were suggestions from executives that engineers who install transmitters be registered and approved by the LTA to promote uniformity and adherence to frequency regulations, which is a central part of compliance. Frequency management was an area that drew spirited discussion. Weeks said the participants provided valuable input for the regulator to take back and consider and see what changes are needed.

LTA also plans to engage GSM and other ICT providers in a similar manner to get their input on the new GSM fee structure, which shifts from a flat rate to performance-based, encourages innovation by allowing one licence for multiple ICT applications, and removes market entry barriers to allow more Liberians to afford to participate in the sector.

Source: Telecompaper 8 October 2014