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Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 2000 (Act No. 13 of 2000, as amended up to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Act 2006)

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Year of current version:2000
Date of entry into force of original text:May 11, 2000
Date of Text (Enacted):May 1, 2000
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), IP Regulatory Body, Other, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
This Act amends the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act, 1993 the Telecommunications Act, 1996 and the Broadcasting Act 1999.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 2000 ('the ICASA Act') dissolved the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA), and established the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as the new regulatory body, which inherited the powers and duties conferred to IBA and SATRA. According to Section 2 of the Act, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is responsible for regulating the telecommunication, broadcasting sectors, and postal services in the public interest.

Section 4 prescribes the functions of ICASA, which include, inter alia, the following:
-to issue licenses to telecommunications and broadcasting service providers;
-to enforce compliance with rules and regulations;
-to impose license conditions; and to grant, renew, amend, transfer and revoke licences;
-to manage the effective use of radio frequency spectrum in accordance with bilateral agreements or international treaties;
-to ensure the interoperability of networks;
-to consult with Ministry of Communications; and
-to hear and decide on disputes and complains brought against licensees.

Section 4 D(4), Chapter II contains provisions on the submission of confidential information to ICASA in connection with trade secrets, and financial, commercial, scientific or technical information.

Section 25 of this Act stipulates that it takes effect on a date determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette, except section 18(2) which entered into effect on March 30, 2000.
Available Texts: 
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Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 2000 (Act No. 13 of 2000, as amended up to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Act 2006) Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 2000 (Act No. 13 of 2000, as amended up to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Amendment Act 2006), Complete document (pdf) [228 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:ZA097

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