ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Act 2014


1. In this Act—

“Board” means Electricity Supply Board;

“company” means—

(a) a company formed and registered under the Companies Act 1963 , or

(b) a body established under the laws of a state, other than the State, and corresponding to a body referred to in paragraph (a);

“electricity infrastructure” means any transmission system or distribution system, including any electric line;

“electronic communications network” means transmission systems and, where applicable—

(a) switching equipment or routing equipment, and

(b) other resources,

including network elements which are not active, which permit the conveyance of signals by wire, by radio, by optical or by other electromagnetic means, and such conveyance includes the use of—

(i) satellite networks,

(ii) fixed terrestrial networks (both circuit-switched and packet-switched, including internet),

(iii) mobile terrestrial networks,

(iv) electricity cable systems to the extent that they are used for the purpose of transmitting signals,

(v) networks used for either or both radio and television broadcasting, and

(vi) cable television networks,

irrespective of the type of information conveyed;

“electronic communications service” means a service normally provided for remuneration which consists wholly or mainly in the conveyance of signals on electronic communications networks, including telecommunications services and transmission services in networks used for broadcasting, but does not include—

(a) services providing, or exercising editorial control over, content transmitted using electronic communications networks and services, and

(b) information society services (within the meaning of Article 1 of Directive 98/34/ EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998 1 ) which do not consist wholly or mainly in the conveyance of signals on electronic communications networks;

“Minister” means Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources;

“Principal Act” means Electricity (Supply) Act 1927 .

1OJ No. L204, 21.7.1998, p.37