Telecommunications Bill

Bill No. 58/1965

Read the first time on 13th December 1965.
An Act relating to telecommunications.
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications Act, 1965, and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
2.  In this Act —
“Land Authority” means the Minister charged with responsibility for matters affecting land;
“message” means any communication sent and received or made by telecommunication or given to a telecommunications officer to be sent by telecommunication or to be delivered;
“post” means a post, pole, standard, stay, strut or other above-ground contrivance for carrying, suspending or supporting a telecommunication line;
“statutory authority” means a statutory authority constituted under any written law in Singapore;
“telecommunication” means any system for the transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images and sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, visual or other electromagnetic systems;
“telecommunication authority” means the Director of Telecommunications and includes any telecommunications officer empowered by the Director of Telecommunications to perform all or any of the functions conferred on the telecommunication authority under this Act;
“telecommunication line” means a wire or wires used for the purpose of a telecommunication with any casing, coating, tube or pipe enclosing the same and any appliances and any apparatus connected therewith for the purpose of fixing or insulating the same;
“telecommunications officer” means any person employed, either permanently or temporarily, in connection with a telecommunication established, maintained or worked by the Government or by a person licensed under this Act;
“telecommunication plant” means any building, apparatus, machinery, equipment, poles, lines, vehicles and any other appliances used for and in connection with telecommunications.