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Communications Act 2003

Section 140: Suspending service provision for information contraventions

328.This section gives OFCOM a power to suspend or restrict a person’s entitlement to provide networks, services and/or associated facilities where OFCOM are satisfied that that person is in serious and repeated breach of any requirements imposed on him under section 135 or 136, that the requirements are not requirements imposed for purposes connected with the carrying out of OFCOM’s functions in relation to SMP apparatus conditions and that an attempt by the imposition of penalties under section 139 or the bringing of proceedings for an offence under section 144, to secure compliance has failed. The suspension or restriction must be appropriate and proportionate to the seriousness of the repeated contraventions.

329.A direction by OFCOM under this section may suspend entitlement generally or in relation to particular networks, services or facilities and may take effect indefinitely or for a fixed period. Where OFCOM exercise these powers, they must allow the person in question to make representations to them and, if appropriate, OFCOM may revoke the suspension or restriction. A direction may also include, where appropriate, conditions to protect the customers of a provider, including the payment of compensation.

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