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Communications Act 2003

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Privileged supplier conditions

77Imposition of privileged supplier conditions

(1)It shall be the duty of OFCOM to secure that privileged supplier conditions containing all such provision falling within subsection (3) as they consider appropriate are applied to every public communications provider to whom this section applies.

(2)This section applies to every public communications provider who—

(a)enjoys special or exclusive rights in relation to the provision of any non-communications services; and

(b)is not such a provider in respect only of associated facilities.

(3)The provision that may be contained in a condition set under section 45 as a privileged supplier condition is any provision that OFCOM consider appropriate for any one or more of the following purposes—

(a)requiring the provider to whom it applies to keep separate accounts in relation to his public electronic communications network or public electronic communications service and other matters;

(b)requiring that provider to submit the accounts of the different parts of his undertaking, and any financial report relating to a part of that undertaking, to a qualified auditor for auditing;

(c)requiring the accounts of the different parts of his undertaking to be published;

(d)securing, by means other than the keeping of separate accounts, the structural separation of the different parts of his undertaking.

(4)OFCOM are not required under this section to apply a condition to a person where they are satisfied that that person has an annual turnover in relation to all his communications activities that is less than ?50 million.

(5)Where in a case falling within subsection (4) OFCOM are not required to apply a privileged supplier condition to a person, they may apply such a condition to him if they think fit.

(6)The reference in subsection (4) to a person’s communications activities is a reference to any activities of his that consist in, or are connected with, either or both of the following—

(a)the provision of any one or more electronic communications networks;

(b)the provision of any one or more electronic communications services.

(7)The making, for the purposes of subsection (4), of—

(a)a determination of the period in respect of which a person’s annual turnover in relation to any activities is computed, and

(b)a determination of the amount in Euros of that turnover for any period,

must be in accordance with such rules as OFCOM consider to be reasonable.

(8)OFCOM must publish any rules made by them for the purposes of subsection (7) in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing them to the attention of the persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by them.

(9)In this section—

  • “non-communications services”, in relation to a person, means services other than those consisting in, or connected with, the provision by him of—

    (a)

    an electronic communications network; or

    (b)

    an electronic communications service;

  • “qualified auditor” means a person eligible, in accordance with Part 2 of the Companies Act 1989 (c. 40), for appointment as a company auditor;

  • “special or exclusive rights” has the same meaning as in Article 86 of the Treaty establishing the European Community.

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