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Who governs telecommunications in Bermuda?
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"Bermuda offers some of the most advanced communications facilities and boasts international telecommunication links to almost anywhere in the world. The local business environment requires the highest standard of communication services and, to provi... Read More
What is required for a Class 9 Radio Maritime Mobile Service licence? (ships)
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Class 9 licence applications are referred to the Senior Clerk initially for action and then referred by the Senior Clerk to the Telecommunications Inspector for final approval. etc Read More
What does the Telecommunication Inspector do?
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The Telecommunication Inspector may enter premises for the purposes of inspecting apparatus or any records maintained by the carrier to ensure the maintenance of equipment and compliance with the Act. Read More
Where can I find the Government Emergency Broadcast station?
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The Government emergency system operates at 100.1 MHZ on the FM band. Read More
What legislation governs telecommunication services?
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"There are five pieces of legislation which directly impact on the telecommunication services: Read More
How do I apply for a class (1-11) licences?
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All applications must be in writing on a DOT C9A-99 and submitted to the Department of Telecommunications completed with all of the information set out on the attached list of requirements. The application will be checked and presented to the Telecom... Read More
What is the role of the Department of Telecommunications?
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The role of the Department of telecommunications is to ensure smooth day to day administration of telecommunications and other subjects within the Minister's portfolio. These responsibilities include broadcasting, experimental radio services, ma... Read More
How much is the fee for a Two Way Radio Licence?
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The fee for a two way radio licence is set in the regulations and id presently $53 and provides a licence for a 3 year period.How do I apply for a Class 6 Radio Aeronautical Mobile Licence? (aircraft)Class 6 licences are for aircrafts, and applicatio... Read More
How can I pay for a licence renewal?
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Fees for the renewal of licences can be wired to the Department of Telecommunication or can be paid in person by cheque or credit card at Telecommunication Headquarters at the Perry Building on Church Street in Hamilton Read More
What is required for a Amateur radio licence (class3)?
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Applications for a class 3 licence are referred to the Telecommunication Inspection for Action.Any local person wishing to obtain a Class 3 (amateur licence) must pass examinations consisting of code, theory and regulations. There are two classes of... Read More
What is required for an application for a Class 1 Broadcasting and Subscription License or permit?
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Class 1 licence applications are dealt with by the Telecommunications inspector in the first instance. The Minister is required to refer applications to the Commissions for a hearing. An application for a licence or permit for a broadcasting radio st... Read More
How do I make a request for a temporary authorization for a radio licence?
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Applications visiting Bermuda may obtain a temporary amateur radio permit (often referred to as a reciprocal licence) for which there is no fee from the Department. Telecommunications Read More
What is the role of the Director of Telecommunications?
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Ensure the smooth day to day administration of telecommunications and other subjects the Minister's portfolio. The Director can also carries out the responsibilities of the Telecommunication Inspector. Read More
How much is the Aircraft licence fee?
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This depends on the tonnage of the aircraft and whether this is the initial licence or a renewal. The fee for an aircraft is initially $300 and $250 for a licence renewa.l Read More
Who are the providers of public telecommunication services in Bermuda?
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The Bermuda Telephone Company Limited and the Cable and Wireless are currently the major providers of public telecommunications services in Bermuda. They operate under The Bermuda Telephone Company Act and the Cable and Wireless Public Limited Compan... Read More
Under what conditions does the Government Emergency Broadcasting Facility Operate?
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The Government emergency system goes on the air when other local stations are unable to broadcast. The station provides emergency information around the clock until the commercial radio stations resume normal operations. Read More
What is the role of the Broadcasting Commission?
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The Broadcasting Commission controls broadcasting content and political broadcasts. In addition, the Commissioners rate films and advises the Minister on matters concerning obscene publications Read More
Where do I register my Epirb?
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Satellite EPIRBs must be registered with the department of Telecommunications Read More
How do I make complaints about the quality of a telecommunication service?
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Complaints about the quality of a telecommunication service must be made in writing to the Broadcasting Commission at Read More
How do I make complaints about the content in a media broadcast?
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Complaints about content of a media broadcast must be made in writing to the Broadcasting Commission at ... Read More
Where can I find out what the licensing fees are?
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Information related to licensing fees can be found on the Ministry website (can we say this yet David?) or by contacting Telecommunication Headquarters at 2955151. Read More
Why should I register my Epirb in Bermuda?
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If you are here in Bermuda and you get into difficulty, we re responsible for providing a timely and appropriate response to your emergency. Valuable time is lost in the transfer of information from another registry. Read More
What is required for a Class 5 small craft Radio licence?
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Class 5 licence applications are processed by the clerk and referred to the Senior Clerk for approval Read More
What is the role of the Telecommunications Commission?
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The Telecommunications Commission advises the Minister on the licensing of telecommunications service providers. The Minister may delegate functions to the Commission as necessary. The Commission can conduct enquiries under the Act. In this regard th... Read More
Are radio towers safe?
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All broadcast stations are required to demonstrate compliance with FCC safety guidelines Read More
How do I set up an account for the provision of telecommunication services to a ship?
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The Department of Telecommunication is responsible for ensuring the provision of telecommunication services for ships registered under the Bermuda Flag. The shipping company must send a letter confirming their interest in these services for a partic... Read More
How do I get a Class 4 Two-Way Voice Radio Licence?
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Two way radios are sold by Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Networks Bermuda. They are responsible for collecting the licensing fee and sending it to the Department of Telecommunication. If radios are imported, Customs holds the rad... Read More
How do I make complaints about the content of a film?
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Complaints about content of a film must be made in writing to the Broadcasting Commission at ... Read More
How do I apply for a Public Telecommunications Service Licence?
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Generally, Applications for licenses are made to the Minister of telecommunications in writing. Currently there is a moratorium on the issuance of any of these licences? Read More
What do I need to do in order to get a Stock Licence?
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The guidelines for the application of a Stock Licence are contained in the Telecommunication Act 1986. The application form is available from the Department of Telecommunication. The completed form and the requested documentation, including the ra... Read More
How much is the licensing fee for ships- Class 9 Licence?
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The licensing fee for ships depends on the tonnage and ranges from $300 to $500. Information related to licensing fees can be found on the Ministry website (can we say this yet David?) or by contacting Telecommunication Headquarters at 2955151 Read More
What is required for a Amateur radio licence (class3)
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Applications for a class 3 licence are referred to the Telecommunication Inspection for Action.Any local person wishing to obtain a Class 3 (amateur licence) must pass examinations consisting of code, theory and regulations. There are two classes of... Read More
How do I make complaints about the content of a broadcast (radio)?
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Complaints about content of a broadcast must be made in writing to the Broadcasting Commission at Read More
Why do I have to have an Epirb on my boat?
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All sea going Passenger and cargo vessels registered with the Bermuda registry of Shipping (under the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1988) are required, by virtue of the Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 1991, to carr... Read More
How to apply for a Class 4 Two-Way Voice Radio Licence?
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Two way radios are sold by Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Networks Bermuda. They are responsible for collecting the licensing fee and sending it to the Department of Telecommunication. If radios are imported, Customs holds the rad... Read More
How do I get my frequency for my Two-Way Voice Radio?
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If purchased from the Bermudian vendors, the application that they make to the Department is accompanied by a proposed frequency which must be approved by the Director. If imported, the Director inspects the documentation and approves a frequency f... Read More
What function is the Minister required to perform under the Telecommunication Act?
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"Section 59(1) of the Act lists items that the Minister may, after consultation with the Commission, make regulations for the proper carrying out of the provisions and purposes of the Act and for the implementation of those provisions of the Conventi... Read More
Do I need a licence for a cell phone?
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Yes. This is known as a class 4 licence which is usually supplied through a dealer. However, some persons do import these devices directly and an application in this instance must be approved by the Telecommunications inspector Read More