Full Text: Draft Egyptian Broadcast Law
2- Applications for obtaining licenses provided for in this Law shall be submitted with all documents required. For each application, a charge of LE 1000 shall be paid.
3- The Authority shall invite tenders of available licenses either through practice or in a public bid to be tendered for highest price to be paid to the Authority. The license shall be issued to the highest bid tenderer in the same terms of the given tender and free of charge. A fee not exceeding LE 500,000 annually shall be collected for each license granted in cases in which the Authority has tendered the given activity neither in a public bid nor in practice.
4- Decisions issued by the Authority on licenses or permits shall be published in the Official Gazette “Al Waqa’a al Masraya” and in a widespread daily newspaper at the expense of the licensee provided that the publishing include all licensing terms.
5- Individuals, authorities and channels exercising their activity or having finalized their establishment procedures prior to the promulgation of this Law, shall have to readjust their conditions within one year from the effective date.
Taking into consideration the requirements sorted by the Authority in pursuance of provisions cited in Article 5, paragraph (3) of this Law, an application request respecting any of the licenses and permits set forth in this Law shall be submitted on forms prepared by the Authority for this purpose and accompanied by data and documents it specifies particularly as evidence of the technical and high-tech efficiency and financial leverage of the license applicant.
The Authority shall consider license applications submitted in accordance with provisions stated in Article (21). It shall have to take its decision in this regard within a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of submission of these requests, provided that all data and documents attached to the subject application are duly completed. The Authority may extend this period for further similar periods.
If the Authority fails to decide on the application within the specified period, the request shall be deemed rejected.
The Authority shall consider permit applications submitted in accordance with provisions stated in Article (21). It shall have to take its decision in this regard within a period not exceeding 60 days from the date of submission of the request, provided that all data and documents attached to the subject application are duly completed.
If the Authority fails to decide on the application within the specified period, the latter shall be deemed rejected.
Except for provisions cited in Law no 7/2000, the applicant whose request has been rejected by the Authority as well as any person concerned shall have the right to directly appeal before State Council courts against the decisions taken by the Authority within dates set according to the State Council Law.
With regard to enforcing this Law, the Authority shall be competent to develop and implement rules and controls regulating competition and preventing monopoly.
The license granted to the licensee shall define the latter’s obligations. It shall have to specifically include the following:
1- The name and personal data of the licensee.
2- The type of service and technology employed.
3- The licensing mandate provided that it is not less than renewable one year, excluding the Authority-defined empirical broadcasting period.