Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
71. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the cost of running RegTel on a yearly basis since 2006 to date in 2009; the function of RegTel; if he is satisfied that there is sufficient regulation of premium rate services here; when he expects RegTel to be placed under the aegis of ComReg; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18685/09]
96. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on a regulatory or a voluntary basis for the control by mobile phone operators of text subscription services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18724/09]
Premium rate services (PRS) in Ireland are regulated by Regtel, which is an independent, not-for-profit limited company financed by means of a levy on the premium rate service providers and network operators. It is not directly accountable to any Government Department or State Body. Details of its running costs are contained in its annual report which is available on its website at www.regtel.ie.
Drafting of a Bill entitled ‘Communications Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2009’ for the purpose of transferring the regulation of PRS to ComReg is currently being finalised. I expect to submit the draft Bill to Government for approval to publish within the next few weeks and have it enacted as soon as possible thereafter. I believe that the Bill will lead to improved protection for consumers and will enhance confidence in the sector.
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