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Communications Act 2003

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Reservation of spectrum for multiplex use

158Special duty in relation to television multiplexes

(1)This section applies where OFCOM, in exercise of their functions under the enactments relating to the management of the radio spectrum, have reserved frequencies for the broadcasting of television programmes.

(2)It shall be the duty of OFCOM, in the carrying out of their functions under those enactments, to exercise their powers so as to secure, so far as practicable, that the requirement of subsection (3) is satisfied.

(3)That requirement is that sufficient capacity is made available on the reserved frequencies for ensuring, in the case of every licensed television multiplex service, that the qualifying services are broadcast by means of that multiplex service.

(4)In subsection (3) “licensed television multiplex service” means a television multiplex service the provision of which is authorised by a licence under Part 1 of the 1996 Act.

(5)In this section “qualifying service” and “television multiplex service” each has the same meaning as in Part 3 of this Act.

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