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Communications Act 2003

Section 122: Orders by OFCOM in the absence of a code under s.121

297.This section permits OFCOM to make an order imposing requirements with respect to the provision, content, promotion and marketing of premium rate services (including pricing) and for the enforcement of such requirements, where OFCOM consider there is no third-party code which could be approved under section 121. OFCOM’s power to make an order includes power to establish a corporate body to determine the jurisdiction of that body and any other person, to confer jurisdiction over any matter on OFCOM, to provide a person upon whom jurisdiction is conferred with the ability to compensate or reimburse expenses and to enforce any awards. Subsection (5) places restrictions comparable to those in section 121(3) on the obligations that an order may place on communications providers falling within subsection 120(12). OFCOM must obtain the consent of the Secretary of State before making an order under this section.

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