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Communications Act 2003

Section 33: Advance notification to OFCOM

88.This section allows OFCOM to designate certain classes of networks, services or associated facilities as requiring notification. Under subsection (1) no one may provide any network, service or associated facility that has been designated in this way, unless he has notified OFCOM in advance of his intention to do so. If a network, service or associated facility already being provided is subsequently designated by OFCOM as requiring notification, the person concerned must notify OFCOM within the time period specified in the designation. OFCOM must also be informed when a person intends to modify or to cease to provide a designated network, service or associated facility.

89.Subsection (5) lists the information that OFCOM may require to be contained in a notification. This basically consists of the information necessary to enable OFCOM to identify the person giving the notification, such as his name and address, a declaration of his proposal to provide, modify or cease to provide the network or service described in the notification or to make available, modify or cease to make available an associated facility, and details of when he intends to commence these activities. OFCOM may also require details of a person who can accept service on behalf of that person and a person who can be contacted if there is an emergency.

90.This section implements Articles 3(2) and (3) and 6(1), of and condition 10 of Part A of the Annex to, the Authorisation Directive.

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