16. Section 27 of the Telecommunications Act is amended —
by deleting the words “or broadcasting” in subsection (1)(ca);
by inserting, immediately after subsection (1), the following subsection:
“(1A) The Authority, after consultation with the Media Development Authority of Singapore, may give directions to be observed by telecommunication licensees —
to ensure the reliability of the provision of any broadcasting service, the operation of which requires a telecommunication system, to the public;
to ensure the technical compatibility and safety of operation of any equipment or telecommunication system used for the provision of any broadcasting service;
to ensure fair and efficient market conduct by telecommunication licensees in relation to the use of telecommunication systems for the provision of broadcasting services;
to ensure the co-ordination and co-operation, on such terms as the Authority may specify, with any other person in the use or sharing of any installation, plant or system, or part thereof owned or used by the telecommunication licensee for the provision of any broadcasting service; or
in relation to the provision of any broadcasting service, the operation of which requires a telecommunication system, in the public interest.”;
by deleting subsection (2) and substituting the following subsections:
“(2) A direction under subsection (1) or (1A) —
shall require the telecommunication licensee concerned (according to the circumstances of the case) to do, or to refrain from doing, such things as are specified in the direction, or as are of a description specified in the direction; and
shall take effect at such time (being the earliest practicable time) as is determined by or under that direction.
(2A) The Authority may at any time vary, suspend or revoke the whole or any part of a direction under subsection (1) or (1A).”;
by inserting, immediately after the words “subsection (1)” in subsection (3), the words “or (1A)”; and
by deleting “(2)(c)” in subsection (3) and substituting “(2A)”.