Communications Policy Panel

Identifying policy issues applicable to the communications sector and providing guidance to IET members, government and the public.

As part of the IET, the Communications Policy Panel (Comms PP) is an independent group, that undertakes to proactively identify policy issues applicable to the sector and provide guidance to IET members, Government and the public. Its remit covers all relevant IET professional activities including submissions to government or third party consultations, and IET strategy formulation. This work being in a national, European and international context. In support of this endeavour the Comms PP's scope embraces the following policy issues:-

  • economic and political influences on/due to communications technology
  • environmental impact of communications technology
  • national and European Community communication legislation change
  • convergence of information technology and traditional telecommunications and broadcasting
  • emerging technologies likely to impact communications implementations
  • safety, security and reliability of communication systems
  • theory and practice of communications engineering at device and system level
  • communications engineering skills, skills attrition, education and recruitment

List of panel members

Members of the Communications Policy Panel

Relevant documents

5G Network for Policy Makers 5G Networks for Policy Makers

An IET guide to what's real, what's not, and what could be deployed by 2020.

5G Networks for policy makers  


Contacting emergency services in the digital age Contacting the emergency services in the digital age

Improving the ways to contact the emergency services in the digital age.


Demand attentive networks (DAN) Demand Attentive Networks

Creating the perception of unlimited bandwidth in an untethered fibre-wireless world.

Gavin Young CEng FIET made the following presentation on DAN at Broadband World Forum on 20 October 2015.

The IET has also produced a video showcasing this document which can be viewed on YouTube

Recent events

Relevant submissions

The IET responds to a number of submissions to Government, Parliament and the devolved Administrations each year. These can be found in the submissions archive (please select the relevant year).

If you are a member, and would like to input into the IET's policy work, please join the Communications Policy Key.