Ofcom outline their priorities for 2021/22 and you can air your views

Their workplan is accompanied by a consultation focused on 11 questions and online briefing events.

This year has highlighted the importance of communications services. Ofcom recognise and respond to this in their proposed 2021/22 workplan.

The document was published today and the priorities within it can be broken down into five areas:
- Investment in strong, secure networks. For example, supporting ongoing investment in broadband and mobile networks.
- Getting everyone connected. Includes ensuring those in the hardest to reach locations have good connectivity.
- Fairness for customers. Encompasses broadband, phone and TV customers.
- Supporting and developing UK broadcasting. Such as by helping the UK media sector meet the changing needs of viewers and listeners.
- Preparing to regulate online harms. Includes completing the introduction of the new video-sharing platform regulations alongside preparing to regulate online harms. 

They will also be taking steps to ensure that they can carry out their evolving duties:
- Strengthening Ofcom for the future. As their sectors and duties are increasingly shaped by online activities Ofcom want to ensure they are prepared, such as via evolving their skills.  
- Developing new partnerships. Includes building on existing relationships with domestic and international stakeholders including industry. 

This document comes only a few months after they published an update on their outputs and milestones for 2020/21.

Accompanying Consultation

The accompanying consultation response form contains 11 questions (the reponse form has been updated as it previously contained just one question). 

If you do please respond using this form by 5pm on 5 February 2021. If are a techUK member and would like to be involved in our relevant activities please get in touch. 

Accompanying Events

In addition to the consultation to engage stakeholders Ofcom are running a series of virtual events to discuss their priorities for 2021/22. 

Ofcom will consider all views provided through either the formal consultation or these virtual events, ahead of publishing the final plan of work in March 2021.

UK wide event details: Wednesday 20 January 2021, 10:00-11:30, register HERE

Events are also taking place in each of the nations, you can find out more here.

Jo O'Riordan

Jo O'Riordan

Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms, techUK

Jo leads the work of the UK SPF, the sounding board to government and Ofcom on medium to long-term spectrum issues in the UK and supports the delivery of the Communication Infrastructure Programme.

Prior to her appointment in 2018 Jo held positions at Islington Council, the Industry and Parliament Trust, Inside Government, and most recently at Smart Energy GB in policy and public affairs role. Here Jo predominately oversaw the organisations engagement with MPs and local government alongside external speaking opportunities.

Outside of work Jo likes spending as much time as possible with her dog Fudge, as well as cooking, watching live comedy, and running (but not that far or that fast). 

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
020 7331 2191

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Sophie James

Sophie James

Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, techUK

Sophie James is the Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, at techUK.

Sophie was promoted to Manager having been Programme Assistant across a variety of areas including the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure programmes, supporting each team with administrative and event support, research and communications.

Prior to joining techUK, Sophie completed a masters in Film Studies at University College London. She has previously worked as a marketing manager for a design and fabrication company, and has project coordination experience in the graphic design and music industries.

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
020 7331 2038

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Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Broadband Stakeholder Group

Julia Ofori-Addo supports the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure with administrative and event support, research and communication.

Julia is bilingual – German and English native. Prior to joining techUK, Julia worked as an IT Team Administrator at Interxion Ltd (data center) supporting and coordinating teams with the Incident Management Protocols (IMP), auditing and reporting procedures and processes and assisting senior management with various secretarial/administrative duties. She has exceptional experience in handling and updating in-house database systems and a proven track record of demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.

Julia is a graduate at the University of Kent with a BSc in Computer Science and Business Administration. In her personal time, she enjoys current affairs discussions, going to the gym and travelling.

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