Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities

AGCOM (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni)


The Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (Agcom) is an independent authority, established by
Law nb.249 of 31 July 1997.

Independence and autonomy are the elements which typify its activity and its decisions. Like the other authorities set up in the Italian system, Agcom is accountable to Parliament which has established its powers, defined its statutes and elected its members. Bodies of the Authority are: the President, the Commission for infrastructures and networks (CIN), the Commission for services and products (CSP), the Council of AGCOM. Each Commission is a collegiate body, composed of the President and two Commissioners.

Members of the Commission for infrastructures and networks  (CIN) are:
the President Angelo Marcello Cardani and Commissioners Maurizio Decina and Antonio Preto.

Members of the Commission for services and products (CSP) are:
the President and Commissioners Antonio Martusciello and Francesco Posterato.

The Council of the AGCOM is composed of the President and all Commissioners.

Agcom is first and foremost a "guarantor".The two main tasks assigned to it by Law nb.249 are to ensure equitable conditions for fair market competition and to protect fundamental rights of all citizens.

Guarantor for operators and consumers

The guarantees refer to:

  • operators, by means of:
    - implementation of liberalization in the telecommunication market through regulation and supervision activities, and through dispute resolution;
    - rationalization of resources in audiovisuals; application of antitrust rules in the field of communications, inquiries on dominant positions; organization of the Registry of Communication Operators.
  • consumers, by means of:
    - strict control on quality and distribution of services and products, including advertising;
    resolution of disputes between operators and consumers; regulation of universal service and creation of - specific rules aimed at safeguarding socially vulnerable categories; fostering and safeguarding political, social and economic pluralism in broadcasting; defence of copyright of audiovisual and software products, by means of a recently established Unit against piracy.
    Above all, however, Agcom pursues the goal of technological innovation, which stimulates the creation of new products and services, as well as new productive cycles.
    Technological growth encourages the creation of new languages while favouring computer literacy of citizens in the "information society".

Convergent Authority

The Communications Regulatory Authority is a "convergent" authority. The definition refers to the choice made by Parliament, which attributed to Agcom a series of functions extending from telecommunications to audiovisuals and publishing.  This choice took into account the deep changes caused by the "digital revolution" which has blurred the boundaries between the different media, whose contents – images, data, voice – are becoming more and more interactive.
Telephone, television and personal computer will soon become integrated, creating a common platform where all technologies will converge and increasing the range of services which can be offered to the public.
The model adopted by the Authority is almost unique in the international scenario and many countries are looking at it with growing interest.