The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) is wholly owned by the Republic of Austria. RTR’s core mandate is to promote competition in the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal markets as well as to achieve the goals set out in the KommAustria Act and the Telecommunications Act. RTR is headed by two managing directors and structured into two specialist divisions: the Media Division, and the Telecommunications and Postal Services Division. RTR also serves as an administrative agency, providing support to the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria), the Telekom-Control-Kommission (TKK) and the Post-Control-Kommission (PCK). With the funds under its administration, RTR supports projects in the broadcasting and media sectors. The two specialist divisions within RTR also offer alternative dispute resolution services, which can also be provided via its officially recognised consumer arbitration centres.
In its role as the administrative agency of the TKK, RTR is active in matters including the regulation of competition, spectrum awards, approving providers’ terms of business, net neutrality and the electronic signature system. The remit of the Telecommunications Division also includes the management of communications parameters (such as the numbering scheme) and the Single Information Point for Infrastructure Data (ZIS).
RTR’s activities on behalf of the PCK specifically involve postal service points, providers’ terms of business, regulation of competition and legal supervision.
RTR assists the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) in its role as the supervisory authority of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and its subsidiaries, and in administrative procedures involving broadcasting and audiovisual media regulation. RTR also fulfils a number of mandates that include advertising monitoring, administration of the Act on Transparency in Media Cooperation and Funding (MedKF-TG), and managing broadcasting frequencies. RTR is directly responsible for the administration of various funds, and awards grants from the Digitisation Fund, the Austrian Television Fund, the Private Broadcasting Fund and the Non-Commercial Broadcasting Fund.
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