Schlichtungsstelle

Conciliation body

Note: Despite the corona crisis, conciliation procedures are carried out electronically as usual using our online form for new applications or, in the case of ongoing proceedings, via our web portal. Please send us all entries electronically until further notice.

As the conciliation body, we can help you when facing issues related to phone, internet or radio and television service providers (e.g. cable network operators and pay-TV subscription providers). Examples of such issues include unclear bill items or when phone or internet services do not function properly. You can then request us to initiate a conciliation procedure to clarify the matter.

In the conciliation procedure, we attempt to identify a solution that is acceptable to both you and your provider or operator. If the attempt is not successful, we review the case and provide you with a written statement of our legal opinion. That may include a proposal for resolving the issue. We will also advise if, in our opinion, your complaint is not justified. In the following you will find a general overview of the conciliation procedure.

The most important aspects about the conciliation procedure are easily explained in the following videos:

This video shows you the procedure of the conciliation procedure.

Explanation of the payment deferral:

This video explains how to avoid having to pay disputed bills immediately.

 

Procedure in German

We can only carry out the steps in the procedure (correspondence and phone conversations) in German. You should therefore obtain appropriate support if required. Our recommendation: ask someone you trust, who speaks German well, to help and represent you (a family member, for example).


Important conditions for a conciliation procedure

  1. Submit a written complaint to your provider or operator. If you have a complaint concerning a bill, we recommend that you file an objection within three months of receiving the bill. Important data could already be deleted if you file your objection later.
  2. Wait for your provider or operator to respond. If you do not agree with the response, you may request us to initiate a conciliation procedure. To do so, please use our procedure request form. We ask you to fully complete the form and provide a helpful solution to your issue.
  3. You have one year to apply for a conciliation procedure. This period begins when you send the complaint to the provider or operator.
  4. You can view the procedure guidelines (in German) at www.rtr.at/schlichtungsstelle. The procedure guidelines specify everything you need to consider. Please read through the guidelines carefully.
  5. Procedures are usually not an option in cases of disputes involving less than 20 euros.
  6. The conciliation procedure is free of charge. You are responsible only for your own expenses (e.g. photocopies, postage, phone calls or attorney fees).


How we carry out the procedure on your behalf

  1. The first step is to try and find a solution that is agreeable to both you and the provider.
  2. If no agreement is reached, we review all of the documents received. Technical issues are verified by our technical staff. We advise you of the outcome of the review. There are two possible outcomes to the procedure:
    • Solution proposal: 
      We propose a solution if your complaint is justified. A legally binding settlement is reached if you and your provider or operator agree to the proposal. The conciliation procedure is closed without a settlement if either you or your provider or operator do not accept the proposal. We can then unfortunately not help you any further.
    • Refusal: 
      We close the procedure if we do not consider your complaint to be justified. We provide you with the reasons in writing. A shortened form of the procedure is an option where the amount in dispute is between 20 and 150 euros.


Payment deferral: the amount in dispute need not be paid

Payment deferral means you are not obliged to pay the disputed portion of the bill for the time being. The payment deferral only takes effect after we have sent you our written confirmation.

The following conditions have to be met in this case:

  1. You have already sent a written complaint to your provider or operator or have already received their response and have applied for conciliation.
    and
  2. You must send us the fully completed form.


Note:

  1. You must send the complaint to the provider or operator within three months. The period begins from the date when you receive the bill.
  2. Filing a complaint about a bill with only your provider or operator does not entitle you to defer payment. The remaining undisputed portion of the bill must always be paid. You will also find additional information on payment deferral in the conciliation procedure guidelines.
    Please note that payment deferrals confirmed by the conciliation body after 1 December 2018 expire – or cannot be confirmed – if you do not apply for a conciliation procudure within three months after receiving the operator's written reply to your complaint. 

RTR is authorised to conduct conciliation procedures by Article 122 of the Austrian Telecommunications Act 2003 and the "Alternative-Streitbeilegung-Gesetz" (Alternative Dispute Resolution Act)

First contact point

When you first contact the conciliation body and for general inquiries, you can reach us by phone

01 58058 888

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact for the conciliation procedure

Use the online procedure form to submit a new application or to contact us in an already initiated conciliation procedure. Further contact options for ongoing proceedings:

  • by phone +43 1 58058 444Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • by fax +43 1 58058 9494
  • or by post: 1060 Wien, Mariahilfer Straße 77-79