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Communications Act 2003

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135Information required for purposes of Chapter 1 functions
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(1)OFCOM may require a person falling within subsection (2) to provide them with all such information as they consider necessary for the purpose of carrying out their functions under this Chapter.

(2)The persons falling within this subsection are—

(a)a communications provider;

(b)a person who has been a communications provider;

(c)a person who makes, or has made, any associated facilities available to others;

(d)a person, other than a communications provider, to whom a universal service condition applies or has applied;

(e)a person who supplies electronic communications apparatus;

(f)a person not falling within the preceding paragraphs who appears to OFCOM to have information required by them for the purpose of carrying out their functions under this Chapter.

(3)The information that may be required by OFCOM under subsection (1) includes, in particular, information that they require for any one or more of the following purposes—

(a)ascertaining whether a contravention of a condition or other requirement set or imposed by or under this Chapter has occurred or is occurring;

(b)ascertaining or verifying the charges payable by a person under section 38;

(c)ascertaining whether a provision of a condition set under section 45 which is for the time being in force continues to be effective for the purpose for which it was made;

(d)ascertaining or verifying amounts payable by virtue of a condition falling within section 51(1)(d);

(e)making a designation in accordance with regulations made under section 66;

(f)carrying out a review under section 66 or 70;

(g)identifying markets and carrying out market analyses in accordance with, or for the purposes of, any provision of this Chapter;

(h)ascertaining whether a question has arisen that gives rise to their duty under section 105;

(i)considering a matter in exercise of that duty;

(j)statistical purposes connected with the carrying out of any of OFCOM’s functions under this Chapter.

(4)A person required to provide information under this section must provide it in such manner and within such reasonable period as may be specified by OFCOM.

(5)The powers in this section are subject to the limitations in section 137.

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