A lot of forumites raise valid questions about ICASA...all it seems to do is miss deadlines and fail to make any real difference to the state of broadband in SA. This thread is intended to try and provide information on what it is that ICASA actually does (or, at least, says it is doing).
Starting with the basics:
To advance the building of a digital society
To ensure that all South Africans have access to a wide range of high quality communication services at affordable prices
ICASA is committed to evidence-based regulation ensuring that regulation is only introduced where there is a demonstrable need. The Authority furthermore intends to ensure that regulatory compliance does not become a barrier to the development of a sustainable ICT sector by simplifying or reducing regulation, wherever possible or appropriate.
ICASA is committed to achieving its identified goals and to deliver on its mandate, taking into account the impact of such decisions.
ICASA aims to impose obligations in an objective, transparent and proportionate manner, where intervention is necessary.
ICASA strives to work within a consistent, fair and certain set of parameters, and to ensure decisions are evidence based and fully reasoned, and that any decision-making process is open and accessible.
ICASA is formally accountable to the Parliament of South Africa and, through the appeals system, to the courts. ICASA remains conscious that it ultimately serves end-users.
ICASA pursues its legal responsibility to ensure consistency in its actions.