Georgia's law on Broadcasting gives the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) the power to allocate television and radio broadcast licenses. Rather than allowing the market to govern the decision, the law unusually tasks the commission with seeking public opinion using public opinion polls every two years to govern its decisions. A poll was conducted in 2004.
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Georgia has excellent freedom of information (FOI) legislation, but public officials do not seem to be fully aware and may thus hamper public’s exercise of rights.
GeoStat, the Georgian Government’s agency that is in charge of statistical information, has started to charge for many of the useful data it collects from January 1, 2011 on. The Board of the National Statistics Office approved the collection of fees for statistic data that is beyond what it defines as its core activity on November 22, 2010.