Cape Telecommunications Users Forum (CTUF) (est 2001)

About CTUF

The Cape Telecommunications Usersí Forum (CTUF) was initially formed in response to the Department of Communicationsí new telecommunications policy directions. CTUF aims to represent the interests of telecommunications users in the Western Cape in global, national, provincial and local policy discussions, in the press and in any other relevant forum.

Members include individuals from all elements of civil society in the Western Cape, including those from academia, government, NGOs, other public entities, corporates, small businesses and some unemployed. CTUF members provide input in their individual capacities.

CTUF promotes the values of innovation, open market competition and the liberalisation of the telecommunications and Internet sectors as a means of supporting equitable development, job creation and economic growth.

CTUF operates as a voluntary forum through a public e-mail list but also does meet from time to time in the real world.

How did CTUF come about?

CTUF was formed on 25 April 2001 at a workshop on new telecommunications policy directives held at Wesgro in Cape Town. The workshop was convened by the Cape IT Initiative (CITI). As a result of this workshop, CTUF submitted a response to the Department of Communicationsí new telecommunications policy directions.

How to join the CTUF list?

CTUF welcomes individuals to subscribe to the list by e-mailing a blank message to ctuf-subscribe@barn.za.net. To unsubscribe e-mail a blank message to ctuf-unsubscribe@barn.za.net.

Submissions

1. SA Government gazetted new Telecommunications Policy Directions on 23rd March 2001

The CTUF submission regarding this can be downloaded as a Word Document.

Related press:
ITWeb - 7 June 2001, ITWeb - 7 May 2001, Internet News - May 3 2001, Business Day - 3 May 2001, ITWeb - 4 May 2001, Balancing Act - 8 July 2001,

2. Revised Telecommunications Policy Directions issued by the Minister of Communications on 26 July 2001

CTUF decided that these were so acceptible we issued a strongly supportive press statement downloaded as a Word Document.

Related press:
ITWeb - 13 August 2001 , and a letter from the Minister :)

3. Interception and Monitoring Bill before Parliament

The CTUF submission regarding this can be downloaded as a Word Document.

Related press:
ITWeb - 15 August 2001

4. Multinational interests in South Africa

CTUF feel that SBC communications, the US multinational shareholder, unduly influenced the SA government in national telecoms policymaking. As such we released a call for international Civil Society groups to review actions

Related Press:
Financial Mail - 24 August 2001

5. Sentech Multimedia Services Licence

CTUF registered concern in a submission to ICASA on 21 January 2002, that the issuing of a multimedia services licence to Sentech may create a precedent for the regulation of services that have previously been unregulated, including Internet content provision, online banking and e-commerce services. The CTUF submission regarding this can be downlanded as a Word Document.

Related press:
Future Company, 1 March 2002

6. Draft Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill

CTUF made representations in writing on 7 May 2002 and orally before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications. In CTUF's view the Draft Bill is over-ambitious and over-prescriptive, and raises the very real danger that it create new obstacles to frustrate its own aims. CTUF further pointed out that the drafters of the Bill had not adequately grappled with the implications of a global information sphere. The CTUF submision regarding this can be downlanded as a Word Document.

Related press:
ITWeb - 3 April 2002, CITI Newsletter - No. 4 2002

Contacts
Alan Levin
alan@ctuf.za.org
tel: +27 21 409 7025
Pam Sykes
pam@ctuf.za.org
tel: +27 21 409 7058
Glen Thompson
glen@ctuf.za.org
tel: +27 21 409 7058

CTUF may also be reached by snail mail at: Bandwidth Barn, 17 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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