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Ofcom is the UK's communications regulator overseeing the television, radio, fixed line and mobile telecoms sectors along with the airwaves which wireless devices operate on.
Their objective is to ensure that consumers get the most from their communications services and also that competition in the sectors can thrive.
The regulator is accountable to the UK Parliament and operates under the Communications Act 2003. It has legal duties to ensure a wide range of high quality radio and television programming which appeals to a wide audience and that these are provided by a range of different organizations.
It also strives to provide audiences protection from offensive or harmful material and infringement of their privacy.
It ensures an availability of a wide range of electronic communications services in the UK such as high-speed broadband and that the airwaves used for wireless services are used most effectively.