Every few years, the federal government typically passes revisions to decades-old laws based on social and economic changes. The 2021 revision and re-release of the Communications Act is The Telecommunications Security Act. In Texas, companies and professionals have to follow new rules for working with telecommunications devices and systems.
Revisions to a telecommunications security law
The Telecommunications Security Act of 2021 was passed as an amendment to the Communications Act of 2003. The law has set new security rules and regulations for public electronic communications networks (PECNs) and public electronic communications services (PECSs) providers. Ofcom, as The Office of Communications is known, has new requirements for PECNs and PECSs to comply with the security rules. Ofcom is the top regulatory authority to enforce every telecommunications law in the UK.
Stricter requirements for communication providers
The revised Telecommunications Security Act sets new obligations for PECNs and PECSs to follow tighter security measures. Public electronic communications networks and service providers must take appropriate actions to identify security risks and reduce these risks that cause security compromises. Providers have to identify and prevent any type of unauthorized “access, interference or exploitation,” any loss of a communication signal and any loss in the the confidentiality of electronic data that affects a telecommunications network or service.
Setting new standards for telecoms service providers
The Telecommunications Security Act sets new regulations to protect the integrity of telecommunications networks and services. The law strengthens the guidelines set under the Communications Act of 2003 and broadens the duties of Ofcom. The purposes are to prevent security compromises and provide greater levels of privacy and security in the telecommunications industry.