Ukraine: President signs law on regulator for field of electronic communications
The Government of Ukraine announced, on 11 February 2022, that the President of Ukraine had signed the Law of 16 December 2021 No. 1971-IX on the National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications, Radio Frequency Spectrum, and Provision of Postal Services. In particular, the Government detailed that the law establishes an independent regulator in Ukraine in the field of e-communications, radio frequency spectrum, and provision of postal services, and provides for transparent procedures for selecting members of the regulatory body. Notably, the Government clarified that the current members of the regulator will continue to perform their duties until the end of the term, after which a competition will take place.
In relation to the new regulator's duties, the Government stated that the National Commission for State Regulation in the Fields of Electronic Communications, Radio Frequency Spectrum, and Provision of Postal Services will:
- identify settlements without fixed internet and mobile communications, as well as monitoring the provision of such services;
- exercise state supervision over the activities of operators and providers, including providers of postal services;
- carry out out-of-court settlement of disputes between consumers, operators, and providers, as well as out-of-court settlement of disputes over access to infrastructure;
- impose regulatory obligations on providers of electronic communications services with significant market power; and
- apply administrative and economic sanctions.
Furthermore, the Government highlighted that the signing of the law is another important step towards Ukrainian integration and entry into the EU Digital Single Market, as the field of electronic communications is the basis for the development of digital services.