Irish regulator handed tougher powers as Amendment Act kicks in

15 May 2007

The Irish telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has finally been given new powers to regulate the market under the Communications Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007. The new Bill gives ComReg authority to fine operators up to 10% of their turnover in a move to foster much needed competition in the market through tougher regulation. The Act, first mooted in 2002, creates a series of new offences for operators found in breach of their responsibilities and allows ComReg to investigate and prosecute anti-competitive practices.