Telecommunications (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1996

Functions of Director.

3.—(1) Subject to subsection (4), the functions of the Director shall be the functions transferred from the Minister to the Director under section 4 and otherwise conferred by this Act.

(2) The Director may do all such acts or other things as are necessary or expedient for the purpose of the exercise of his or her functions.

(3) The Director shall provide such information and assistance as may be required by the Minister in respect of any matters relating to proceedings pending at the time of coming into operation of this section to which the Minister is a party.

(4) The Minister may, after consultation with the Director, by order under this section, transfer to the Director such additional functions as the Minister considers appropriate being functions that are incidental, supplemental or consequential to the functions conferred on the Director by this Act or any enactment mentioned in the Second Schedule .

(5) The Director shall, as soon as practicable after the coming into operation of this section, publish a plan to be known as a “Radio Frequency Plan” comprised of a set of tables indicating frequency allocations in the radio spectrum by the Director at the date of the publication of the plan.

(6) The Director shall revise and re-publish the plan from time to time.

(7) The Minister may, following consultation with the Director, issue directions in writing requiring the Director—

(a) to comply with policy decisions of a general kind made by the Minister in relation to the allocation and use of the radio frequency spectrum;

(b) to comply with decisions made by the Minister and specified to be necessary to enable the State to discharge its obligations as a member of an international organisation or as a party to an international agreement.

(8) The Director shall, in formulating, revising and implementing the Radio Frequency Plan, comply with any direction given by the Minister under subsection (7).

(9) The Minister shall have regard to principles of good frequency management in giving directions under this section.