The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a consultation on its proposed implementation in the UK of the revised EU electronic communications framework.

The European Commission adopted several amendments to the EU Electronic Communications Framework in November 2009, with Member States having until 25 May 2011 to implement the resulting two new Directives.

The BIS consultation document sets out the main material changes that BIS is required to make to implement the amendments, to the extent that these are not already captured in UK legislation and regulations. It plans to implement most of the required changes using secondary legislation, although some of the changes will also require amendment of the Universal Services Order and the General Conditions of Entitlement of electronic communications providers.

The consultation document also asks questions on a limited number of specific issues such as appeals, facilities sharing, security and resilience, dissuasive sanctions, equivalence for disabled end-users, personal data breaches and enforcement, and cookies.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 3 December 2010.