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Communications Act 2003

Section 10: Duty to encourage availability of easily usable apparatus

42.This section places a duty on OFCOM to take such steps and enter into such arrangements as appear to them calculated to encourage others to secure that domestic electronic communications apparatus (defined in subsections (4) and (5)) is developed which is capable of being used without modification by the widest possible range of individuals, including those with disabilities; and to secure that such apparatus is as widely available as possible. OFCOM are also to review from time to time whether they need to take further steps to perform their duty under this section. For example, many users find TV remote controls and similar devices inconvenient to use because the buttons are so small. OFCOM might accordingly assist designers by dissemination of research results, ergonomic advice, etc., which might be helpful in identifying ways to minimise such inconvenience.

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