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Part 2E+W+S+N.I.Networks, services and the radio spectrum

Chapter 1E+W+S+N.I.Electronic communications networks and services

[F1Reports on infrastructure etcE+W+S+N.I.

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Ss. 134A-134C and cross-headings inserted (8.6.2010) by Digital Economy Act 2010 (c. 24), ss. 1(1), 47(1)

134A OFCOM reports on infrastructure etcE+W+S+N.I.

(1)OFCOM must prepare reports in accordance with subsections (2) and (3) and each report must deal with—

(a)the electronic communications networks matters listed in section 134B(1), and

(b)the electronic communications services matters listed in section 134B(2).

(2)The first report must—

(a)relate to the position on a day specified in the report which falls within the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which this section comes into force, and

(b)be sent to the Secretary of State by OFCOM not more than 2 months after the specified day.

(3)A further report must—

(a)be prepared for each relevant period, and

(b)be sent to the Secretary of State by OFCOM as soon as practicable after the end of the relevant period.

(4)Relevant period” means—

(a)the period of 3 years beginning with the day specified in the first report, and

(b)each subsequent period of 3 years beginning with the end of the previous period.

(5)Where there is a significant change in connection with a matter listed in section 134B(1) or (2) and OFCOM consider that the change should be brought to the attention of the Secretary of State, OFCOM must—

(a)prepare a report on the change, and

(b)send it to the Secretary of State as soon as practicable.

(6)For the purposes of subsection (5), a change is significant if OFCOM consider that it has, or is likely to have, a significant adverse impact on—

(a)persons carrying on business in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom, or

(b)the general public in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom.

(7)OFCOM must publish every report under this section—

(a)as soon as practicable after they send it to the Secretary of State, and

(b)in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of persons who, in their opinion, are likely to have an interest in it.

(8)OFCOM may exclude information from a report when it is published under subsection (7) if they consider that it is information that they could refuse to disclose in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

[F2134AAAdditional OFCOM reports on infrastructure etcE+W+S+N.I.

(1)OFCOM may prepare reports dealing with—

(a)any of the electronic communications network matters listed in section 134B(1);

(b)any of the electronic communications services matters listed in section 134B(2).

(2)OFCOM may publish a report under this section in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of persons who, in their opinion, are likely to have an interest in it.

(3)Before publishing a report under this section OFCOM must consider—

(a)whether any of the information to be contained in it is information that they could refuse to disclose in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and

(b)if so, whether that information should be excluded from the report.

(4)This section does not affect OFCOM's duty to prepare reports under section 134A.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F2Ss. 134AA, 134AB inserted (27.6.2017) by Digital Economy Act 2017 (c. 30), ss. 82(2), 118(2)

134ABPublication of information required for purpose of preparing reportsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)OFCOM may publish—

(a)any relevant section 135 information, and

(b)any information derived from relevant section 135 information.

(2)Before publishing information under this section OFCOM must consider—

(a)whether any of the information that they propose to publish is information that they could refuse to disclose in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and

(b)if so, whether that information should be published.

(3)In this section “relevant section 135 information” means information required by OFCOM under section 135 for the purpose of preparing a report under section 134A or 134AA.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F2Ss. 134AA, 134AB inserted (27.6.2017) by Digital Economy Act 2017 (c. 30), ss. 82(2), 118(2)

134BNetworks and services mattersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)For the purposes of [F3sections 134A and 134AA], the electronic communications networks matters are—

(a)the different types of electronic communications network provided in the United Kingdom (“UK networks”),

(b)the geographic coverage of the different UK networks,

(c)the proportion of the population covered by the different UK networks,

(d)the extent to which UK networks share infrastructure,

(e)the capacity of the different UK networks,

(f)the extent to which the providers of the different UK networks allow other communications providers to use their networks to provide services,

(g)the amount of time for which the different UK networks are and are not available, including the steps that have been or are to be taken to maintain or improve the level of availability,

(h)the preparations made by providers of UK networks for responding to an emergency, including preparations for restoring normal operation of UK networks disrupted by the emergency, and

(i)the standard of the different UK networks in comparison with electronic communications networks provided in a range of other countries, having regard, in particular, to their coverage and capacity.

(2)For the purposes of [F3sections 134A and 134AA], the electronic communications services matters are—

(a)the use of the electromagnetic spectrum for wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom,

(b)the different types of electronic communications service provided in the United Kingdom (“UK services”),

(c)the geographic coverage of the different UK services,

(d)the proportion of the population covered by the different UK services,

(e)the amount of time for which the different UK services are and are not available, including the steps that have been or are to be taken to maintain or improve the level of availability,

(f)the preparations made by providers of UK services for responding to an emergency, including preparations for restoring normal operation of UK services disrupted by the emergency, and

(g)the standard of the different UK services in comparison with electronic communications services provided in a range of other countries.

(3)The preparations referred to in subsections (1)(h) and (2)(f) include—

(a)the steps taken to assess the risks of different types of emergency occurring,

(b)the steps taken to reduce or remove those risks, and

(c)the testing of proposed responses to different types of emergency.

(4)In a report under section 134A [F4or 134AA], OFCOM are required to include only information about, and analysis of, such networks, services and providers as they consider appropriate.

(5)In this section “emergency” means an event or situation that seriously disrupts a UK network or UK service.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F3Words in s. 134B(1)(2) substituted (27.6.2017) by Digital Economy Act 2017 (c. 30), ss. 82(3)(a), 118(2)

F4Words in s. 134B(4) inserted (27.6.2017) by Digital Economy Act 2017 (c. 30), ss. 82(3)(b), 118(2)