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Communications Act 2003

Section 130: Penalties for persistent misuse

310.OFCOM may impose a penalty if a person notified under section 128 has persistently misused an electronic communications network or an electronic communications service. Where an enforcement notification issued in accordance with section 129 has not been complied with, OFCOM may also impose a penalty.

311.When deciding on the amount of financial penalty, OFCOM are required to consider whether the fine is appropriate and proportionate, and to take account of any representation made by the person concerned and any steps taken to secure that the misuse ceases and is not repeated and to remedy the consequences of the misuse. The penalty may not exceed £5000. However, the Secretary of State may by order amend the maximum penalty.

312.Under subsection (8), people may be liable for an offence under sections 125 to 127 and have a penalty imposed on them by OFCOM under section 130 in respect of the same conduct.

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