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GRA (Gibraltar Regulatory Authority )

Gibraltar Regulatory Authority

Foundation & Legal Status

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) is an independent authority that was established under the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority Act 2000 on 12th October 2000, amended in February 2013 (Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Act 2013).

The GRA is a convergent authority, with competencies over postal services, data protection, satellite coordination, electronic communications, broadcasting, radiocommunications, networks and infrastructures.

The GRA performs its duties under the Communications Act 2006 for the regulation of the electronic communications sector and of the use of the electro-magnetic spectrum and under the Broadcasting Act 2012 incorporating the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2011 which transposed into Gibraltar law Directive 2010/13/EU.

Role and missions

GRA  is the statutory body responsible for regulating the electronic communications sector in Gibraltar.
This includes telecommunication (traditional telephone wire, dial up and ADSL internet, mobile operators providing voice and data services, VOIP services) radio communications including fixed wireless services, broadcasting transmission (television and radio), managing the radio spectrum, licensing framework for satellite services.

The GRA's broadcasting division is responsible for: the granting and enforcement of  licences to broadcasters, deal with all regulatory matters especially on broadcasting standards, issue codes of practice, encourage the promotion of media literacy as well as publishing information and advice to consumers, purchasers and other users of broadcasting services in Gibraltar.

Composition of the Board

GRA is governed by a Board made up of up to five members appointed for a term of office of 5 years renewable for the Chairman and of 2 years for the Deputy Chairman by the Chief Minister.
 
At present the Board is made up of five members:

Paul Canessa, Chairman,

John Paul Rodriguez, Member of the Board

Anthony Provasoli, Member of the Board

Keiron Power, Member of the Board

Francis Lopez, Mmeber of the Board

The GRA, which was established under the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority Act in October 2000, is the statutory body responsible for regulating the electronic communications sector in Gibraltar. This includes telecommunications, radio communications and broadcasting transmission. We are the national supervisory and regulatory authority for these sectors in accordance with EU law which has been transposed into national law.


Organisation

Paul Canessa, Chairman of the Board is also the Chief Executive of GRA.
John Paul Rodriguez is Deputy Chief Executive Officer.  
The GRA has a total staff of 16 agents.
It is divided into 6 divisions:
Electronic Communications, Broadcasting, Postal Services, Satellites, Radiocommunications  and ICT, Administration  


The Broadcasting Division

Duties & Responsibilities

- Issues opinions on draft bills and suggest amendments to these bills; 
- Issues Administrative Notices, Directions to broadcasters
- Grants and enforce the licences to broadcasters;
- Imposes penalties in case of breach of licences;
- Deals with all regulatory matters especially on broadcasting standards;
- Issues codes of practice  (right of reply; code of due impartiality, due accuracy and undue prominence; commercial communications code; programme standards; code on the provision of access services; code for on-demand audiovisual media service providers);
- Encourage the promotion of media literacy
- Publishes information and advice to consumers, purchasers and other users of broadcasting services.


Contact
Gibraltar Regulatory Authority
Suite 603, Europort
Gibraltar
Email: broadcasting@gra.gi
Telephone +350 20074636
Fax +350 20072166
Web: http://www.gra.gi

 

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