Friday, July 09, 2010

Draconian Penalty for Phone Decree Breach

$10,000 fine for breach of decreeRadio Fiji News - Report by : Apisalome Coka
Friday, July 09, 2010


Registered owners of any landline or mobile phone could be fined of up to $10,000 or 6 months imprisonment for breaching the upcoming Telephone Services Decree 2010.

The Decree states it is compulsory for all phone users to register with their service provider, 30 days after the decree is gazzeted.

It has also directed service providers to suspend phone lines or mobile phone sim cards if it has not been active for 180 consecutive days.

If the service provider does not adhere to this directive, they could be fined of up to $200,000.

The decree also requires a registered customer to inform their service provider of any changes to registration details.

The decree also states that any customer who provides false information could be penalised for up to ten thousand dollars, or one year imprisonment.

The minister responsible is yet to set a date for the implementation of the decree.

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