Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit is currently reviewing the licence of the Postcode Address File (PAF), and when it should be launched.
Back in the spring, they began reviewing the current PAF licence internally and started gathering feedback from Solution Providers and the PAF Advisory Board (PAB). From this, a PAB Sub-Working Group has been established to advise the Address Management Unit on possible PAF licensing arrangements moving forward.
On 4th July, the PAB Sub-working Group held its first meeting to consider a number of alternative licensing models and how the licence review should move forward.
At this meeting, specific licencing options were discussed, such as equal access for the public and private sectors, and to remove licence anomalies such as the differences in internal and external transaction pricing.
On a more general level though, two approaches for the next PAF licence were defined, namely:
Stream A: To tweak the existing licence terms
Stream B: To adopt a fundamentally new approach to licencing
What do you think?
Are you a PAF solution provider, a company that uses the licence from a provider, or just involved in the data industry? We’d love to know what you think about the revision of the current PAF Licence – does it require only a few minor changes, or should it be fundamentally changed? Leave us your answer – Stream A or Stream B – below.
For the latest updates and minutes from all meetings related to the licencing discussions, visit the PAF Advisory Board website.