Telecoms watchdog Don Cruickshank has told the government he wants a committee to work with him in regulating the industry, rather than holding sole responsibility.
In his response to the government's on-going review of industry regulators, Cruickshank also said he wants ministers to take over responsibility for the "social policy" aspects of his work, such as deciding how many and where phone boxes should appear.
He called on the government to review the 1984 Telecoms Act to take into account the proposals of the new Competition Bill, which affects other utilities. Among the powers introduced by the Bill are the ability to fine companies in breach of its regulations up to 10% of their revenues.
"He wants similar powers," said an Oftel spokesperson.
Cruickshank believes a committee of regulators, appointed by the government, would better achieve consistency, transparency and predictability of rulings.
Although he has experts at his disposal, he believes a panel of regulators with equal power would be more effective.
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