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Communications Act 2003

Section 121: Approval of code for premium rate services

296.This section enables OFCOM, where appropriate, to approve codes regulating the provision, content, promotion and marketing of premium rate services made by any person. OFCOM may not approve a code unless they are satisfied that the criteria listed in subsection (2) are met. These include the existence of a person whose function is to administer and enforce the code; adequate funding for the activities of that person; objective justification for the provisions in the code; provisions which do not unduly discriminate and are proportionate and transparent. Subsection (3) forbids OFCOM approving a code which places obligations on a communications provider falling within subsection 120(12), unless they are satisfied that the obligations only arise where the provider concerned is the only person against whom it is practicable to take regulatory action and only after notice has been given by the code enforcer identifying the premium rate service and the manner in which it is alleged to have breached the code, and the only obligation imposed is to secure that the network does not deliver the premium rate service to persons in the UK. OFCOM may (in accordance with subsection (6)) approve modifications made to an approved code or withdraw their approval of a code at any time.

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