Unused money from prepaid cards is to go to the state broadband fund, and not to mobile networks. The government is preparing changes in this matter. – These are funds that will mostly return to the market, but we want them to return to where they are most needed, and not necessarily simply to increase the profits of companies that have good financial results anyway – he said in an interview with “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” “government plenipotentiary for cybersecurity Janusz Cieszyński.
The proposal is to be included in the draft Electronic Communications Law (PKE). The project prepared by the Ministry of Digitization, even before the liquidation of this ministry, was submitted to consultations and public consultations at the end of July last year. In turn, in May this year. a new version of the project has been published. Ultimately, however, the regulations did not reach the meeting of the Council of Ministers within a dozen or so months.
Now work on the project is to accelerate. Last week, PKE’s final draft was to be sent to the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers.
– We give consumers six months to recover these funds. If someone does not do it, then instead of the operators’ accounts, they will go to the broadband fund, from which we finance a number of initiatives related to the development of the telecommunications market. The tasks of this fund include issues related to the increasingly important social problem, which is the digital addiction of children and young people. We want to cooperate here with the Ministry of Health and the National Health Fund, said Janusz Cieszyński, secretary of state and government plenipotentiary for cybersecurity, in an interview published on Monday with “DGP”.
– I also think that over the next six months we will present some interesting ideas on how we could use the broadband fund for the development of the market. These are funds that will mostly return to the market anyway, but we want them to return to where they are most needed, and not necessarily simply to increase the profits of companies that have good financial results anyway – added Cieszyński.
The Act, which will replace the Telecommunications Law, is an implementation of the European Code of Electronic Communications (EKŁE).
Prepaid card – money
The newspaper, announcing last week about the proposed changes, indicated that currently the Telecommunications Law does not regulate what should be done with money left after the expiry of the prepaid card validity period. “Top-up allows you to make calls for a predetermined period of time. After this period, calls are blocked, even if there is money on the account. These funds have been canceled by operators so far – unless the user topped up the card. Otherwise, he was losing everything” – explained “DGP”.
The issue of prepaids for the largest mobile networks in Poland was dealt with by the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. The decisions of the Office in this matter were made last year. In February the President of UOKiK issued a decision against Polkomtel, the operator of the Plus network, on which he imposed a fine of over PLN 20 million. However, they undertook to return the money to the recipients T-Mobile, Orange and Play.
“DGP” stressed that the new regulations are to reduce doubts. PKE project from May this year. provides that the funds from prepaid cards will be returned at the consumer’s request – which can be submitted up to six months after the expiry of the prepaid account or the number transfer.
On the other hand, according to the journal’s information, “the version of the Law on Electronic Communications, which will be published soon, stipulates that the money, for which no one will apply at that time, will not remain with the operators, but will be transferred to the broadband fund supporting the development of electronic communications. and digital competences “.
We sent questions on this matter to the digitization department, which is part of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, but until the publication of the article, we did not receive an answer.
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, TVN24 Biznes
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