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Communications Act 2003

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114Procedure for directions under s. 113
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(1)Except in an urgent case, OFCOM are not to give a direction under section 113(4) suspending the application of the electronic communications code in the case of any person (“the operator”) unless they have—

(a)notified the operator of the proposed suspension and of the steps (if any) that they are proposing to take under section 117;

(b)provided him with an opportunity of making representations about the proposals and of proposing steps for remedying the situation that has given rise to the proposed suspension; and

(c)considered every representation and proposal made to them during the period allowed by them for the operator to take advantage of that opportunity.

(2)That period must be one ending not less than one month after the day of the giving of the notification.

(3)As soon as practicable after giving a direction under section 113 in an urgent case, OFCOM must provide the operator with an opportunity of—

(a)making representations about the effect of the direction and of any steps taken under section 117 in connection with the suspension; and

(b)proposing steps for remedying the situation that has given rise to the situation.

(4)A case is an urgent case for the purposes of this section if OFCOM—

(a)consider that it would be inappropriate, because the circumstances appearing to OFCOM to require the suspension fall within subsection (5), to allow time, before giving a direction under section 113, for the making and consideration of representations; and

(b)decide for that reason to act in accordance with subsection (3), instead of subsection (1).

(5)Circumstances fall within this subsection if they have resulted in, or create an immediate risk of—

(a)a serious threat to the safety of the public, to public health or to national security;

(b)serious economic or operational problems for persons (apart from the operator) who are communications providers or persons who make associated facilities available; or

(c)serious economic or operational problems for persons who make use of electronic communications networks, electronic communications services or associated facilities.

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