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161Charges in respect of grants of recognised spectrum accessE+W+S+N.I.
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(1)The Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c. 6) (which makes provision about the sums that may be charged in respect of the issue and renewal of wireless telegraphy licences etc.) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In section 1 (charges for wireless telegraphy licences)—

(a)in subsection (1), after “this Act” there shall be inserted—

(a)references to a grant of recognised spectrum access are references to a grant made under section 159 of the Communications Act 2003 (recognised spectrum access); and

(b);

(b)in subsection (2), for the words from “or renewal”, where they first occur, to “is issued” there shall be substituted “ of a wireless telegraphy licence or the making of a grant of recognised spectrum access and, where regulations under this section so provide, subsequently at such times during the term of the licence or grant and such times in respect of its variation, modification or revocation, as may be prescribed by the regulations, there shall be paid to OFCOM by the person to whom the licence is issued or the grant made ”; and

(c)in subsection (4), for the words from “or renewal”, where they first occur, to “the licence” there shall be substituted “ of a licence or the making of a grant of recognised spectrum access, OFCOM may, on the issue of the licence or the making of the grant, ”.

(3)After section 3 of that Act there shall be inserted the following section—

3ABidding for grants of recognised spectrum access

(1)Having regard to the desirability of promoting the optimal use of the electro-magnetic spectrum, OFCOM may by regulations provide that, in such cases as may be specified in the regulations, applications for grants of recognised spectrum access must be made in accordance with a procedure which involves the making by the applicant of a bid specifying an amount which he is willing to pay to OFCOM in respect of the grant.

(2)Regulations under this section may make provision with respect to the grants to which they apply and the restrictions and conditions subject to which such grants are made.

(3)The regulations may, in particular—

(a)require the applicant’s bid to specify the amount which he is willing to pay;

(b)require that amount to be expressed—

(i)as a cash sum;

(ii)as a sum determined by reference to a variable (such as income attributable wholly or in part to the use of wireless telegraphy to which the grant relates);

(iii)as a combination of the two; or

(iv)(at the applicant’s choice) in any one of the ways falling within the preceding sub-paragraphs that is authorised by the regulations;

(c)require that amount to be expressed in terms of—

(i)the making of a single payment;

(ii)the making of periodic payments;

(iii)a combination of the two; or

(iv)(at the applicant’s choice) in any one of the ways falling within the preceding sub-paragraphs that is authorised by the regulations;

(d)specify requirements (such as, for example, technical or financial requirements, requirements relating to the use of wireless telegraphy to which the grant relates and requirements intended to restrict the holding of two or more grants of recognised spectrum access by any one person) which must be met by applicants for a grant;

(e)require any such applicant to pay a deposit to OFCOM;

(f)specify circumstances in which such a deposit is, or is not, to be refundable;

(g)specify matters to be taken into account by OFCOM (in addition to the bids made in accordance with the prescribed procedure) in deciding whether, or to whom, to make a grant of recognised spectrum access;

(h)specify the other restrictions and conditions subject to which a grant to which the regulations apply is to be made; and

(i)make any provision referred to in section 1(3).

(4)Regulations under this section are not to be construed as binding OFCOM to make a grant on the completion of the procedure provided for in the regulations except in such circumstances as may be provided for in the regulations.

(5)A grant of recognised spectrum access made in accordance with regulations under this section shall specify either—

(a)the sum or sums which in consequence of the bids made are, in accordance with the regulations, to be payable in respect of the grant; or

(b)the method for determining that sum or those sums;

and that sum or those sums shall be paid to OFCOM by the person to whom the grant is made in accordance with the conditions of the grant.

(6)In determining the sum or sums payable in respect of a grant, regard may be had to bids made for other grants of recognised spectrum access and for wireless telegraphy licences.

(7)Regulations under this section may provide that where a person—

(a)makes an application for a grant of recognised spectrum access in accordance with a procedure provided for by such regulations, but

(b)subsequently refuses the grant applied for,

that person shall make such payments to OFCOM as may be determined in accordance with the regulations by reference to bids made for the grant.

(8)Subsection (4) of section 1 is to apply in relation to sums that will or may become payable under regulations under this section subsequently to the making of a grant of recognised spectrum access as it applies to sums that will or may become payable under regulations under that section.

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