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Communications Act 2003

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Disputes about interconnection

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22(1)Where—

(a)before the revocation by this Act of the Telecommunications (Interconnection) Regulations 1997 (S.I. 1997/2931) a dispute was referred to the Director under regulation 6 of those regulations, and

(b)that dispute has not been resolved when the revocation comes into force,

Chapter 3 of Part 2 of this Act (except sections 189 and 190) is to have effect as if that dispute were a dispute which, immediately after the commencement of section 185 of this Act, was referred to OFCOM under that section.

(2)Where a dispute—

(a)has arisen or arises about anything occurring or existing before the time when the revocation of those regulations comes into force (“the relevant time”),

(b)relates to matters disputes about which would (before that time) have been referable to the Director under regulation 6,

(c)is neither a dispute which was referred to him before that time nor a dispute arising after that time which is referable to OFCOM under section 185, and

(d)is referred to OFCOM after that time either during the transitional period or in a case in which OFCOM are satisfied that the circumstances that prevented the making of a reference before the end of that period are exceptional,

sub-paragraph (1) is to have effect as if the dispute were a dispute arising before the relevant time in the case of which a reference to the Director had been made under regulation 6 before that time.

(3)Where OFCOM make a determination for resolving a dispute falling to be resolved in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) or (2)—

(a)their powers on making that determination are to be those which would have been exercisable by the Director under those regulations (instead of those under Chapter 3 of Part 2);

(b)conditions of a licence under section 7 of the 1984 Act requiring compliance with directions given by the Director under regulation 6 of those regulations are to continue to have effect as if they also applied to directions given by OFCOM by virtue of paragraph (a); and

(c)paragraph 13 of this Schedule has effect as if the reference in sub-paragraph (1)(d) to directions given by the Director under that regulation included a reference to directions given by OFCOM by virtue of paragraph (a) of this sub-paragraph.

(4)But OFCOM are not to give a direction by virtue of sub-paragraph (3)(a) containing provision which they would have no power to include in—

(a)a condition set under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of this Act; or

(b)a direction under section 190.

(5)Where the Director gave a direction under regulation 6 of those regulations at any time before the coming into force of their revocation, the direction is to continue, after the revocation comes into force, to have effect (and be enforceable in accordance with paragraph 13 of this Schedule) to the extent that it is continued in force under this paragraph.

(6)The direction is continued in force under this paragraph only where OFCOM have at any time after the passing of this Act given notice to the persons to whom it applies that it is continued in force.

(7)OFCOM are to give such a notice only if they consider that the direction makes provision corresponding to that which they have power to include in—

(a)conditions set under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of this Act; or

(b)directions under section 190.

(8)OFCOM may at any time by notice to the person to whom it applies revoke (in whole or in part) a direction which—

(a)was given by virtue of sub-paragraph (3)(a); or

(b)is a direction to which a notice under sub-paragraph (6) relates.

(9)Where a direction which OFCOM have power to revoke under sub-paragraph (8) makes provision corresponding to anything that OFCOM have power to include in a condition set under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of this Act, it shall be their duty, as soon as reasonably practicable after giving the direction or as the case may be the notice under sub-paragraph (6)—

(a)to take all steps necessary for enabling them to decide whether or not to set such a condition for the purpose of replacing the direction; and

(b)to decide whether or not to exercise their power to set a condition under that Chapter for that purpose.

(10)It shall be the duty of OFCOM—

(a)as soon as reasonably practicable after making a decision required by sub-paragraph (9), but

(b)in a case where that decision is a decision to set a condition, not before the coming into force of that condition,

to give a notice under sub-paragraph (8) revoking the direction in question.

(11)The duties imposed by sub-paragraphs (9) and (10) apply only where OFCOM have not previously revoked the direction in question.

(12)Section 192 applies to a decision by OFCOM to give a notice under this paragraph as it applies to a decision by them under Part 2 of this Act.

(13)In this paragraph “transitional period” means the period which is the transitional period (within the meaning of section 408) in relation to this paragraph.

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