Principles of communications policy

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Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are playing an ever greater role in environmental, transport and energy policy. As communications technologies develop so rapidly, it must be ensured that media diversity and public services – fundamental aspects of a democratic society – are protected.

Federal communications and media policy has its origins in a range of articles in the Constitution (Art. 16, 17, 93). The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) plays a central coordinating role in the implementation of these provisions.


As a result of the rapid developments in ICT, OFCOM has set the following objectives based on DETEC's sustainability strategy:

  • A robust and reliable high broadband network infrastructure must meet the needs of the market and be expanded according to the laws of competition. There should be open and non-discriminatory access to these networks.
  • ICT is an intelligent and smart monitoring system which can be used to tap and exploit technical potential. Legal, organisational, technical and safety barriers to introducing "smart" applications must be removed, particularly in the fields of buildings, energy, transport and other infrastructure networks.
  • Access to the internet should be open, non-discriminatory and responsible on an international level. The Swiss government contributes towards drawing up appropriate regulation in an international context. Switzerland must have optimum use of the Internet while restricting associated risks as far as possible.

Package of measures to support the media

On 14 August 2019, the Federal Council called for efficient and rapidly implementable measures for the online media and newspapers. In the first half of 2020 it will submit to Parliament a package of measures to support the media. This will provide financial resources for the online media. In addition, more daily and weekly newspapers than before will benefit from indirect press support. The Federal Council will not propose a new Federal Act on Electronic Media.


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