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Communications Act 2003

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154Duties of OFCOM when carrying out spectrum functions
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(1)It shall be the duty of OFCOM, in carrying out their functions under the enactments relating to the management of the radio spectrum, to have regard, in particular, to—

(a)the extent to which the electro-magnetic spectrum is available for use, or further use, for wireless telegraphy;

(b)the demand for use of that spectrum for wireless telegraphy; and

(c)the demand that is likely to arise in future for the use of that spectrum for wireless telegraphy.

(2)It shall also be their duty, in carrying out their functions under those enactments to have regard, in particular, to the desirability of promoting—

(a)the efficient management and use of the part of the electro-magnetic spectrum available for wireless telegraphy;

(b)the economic and other benefits that may arise from the use of wireless telegraphy;

(c)the development of innovative services; and

(d)competition in the provision of electronic communications services.

(3)In the application of this section to the functions of OFCOM under the enactments relating to the management of the radio spectrum other than section 2 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c. 6) (exercise of power to prescribe wireless telegraphy licence fees), OFCOM may disregard such of the matters mentioned in the preceding subsections as appear to them—

(a)to be matters to which they are not required to have regard apart from this section; and

(b)to have no application to the case in question.

(4)Where it appears to OFCOM that any of their duties under this section conflict with one or more of their duties under sections 3 to 6, priority must be given to their duties under those sections.

(5)Where it appears to OFCOM that any of their duties under this section conflict with each other in a particular case, they must secure that the conflict is resolved in the manner they think best in the circumstances.

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