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Communications Act 2003

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167Bidding for wireless telegraphy licences
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(1)Section 3 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c. 6) (bidding for wireless telegraphy licences) shall be amended as follows.

(2)The following shall cease to have effect—

(a)in subsection (1), the words “or determined by him under” and paragraph (a) (requirement to set out procedure for bidding in a notice issued under regulations); and

(b)subsection (2) (matters to be included in regulations).

(3)In subsection (3) (provision that may be contained in regulations)—

(a)for paragraph (a) there shall be substituted—

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

(aa)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 holding of the licence);

(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;

(ab)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;

(b)in paragraph (f), for “any licence” there shall be substituted “a licence to which the regulations apply”; and

(c)the word “and” shall be inserted at the end of paragraph (f) and paragraph (h) shall cease to have effect.

(4)For subsection (4) (notice not to create binding obligation to grant licence) there shall be substituted—

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

(5)For subsection (5) (licence to specify the amount payable in accordance with the applicant’s bid) there shall be substituted—

(5)A wireless telegraphy licence granted 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 licence; 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 licence is granted in accordance with the terms of the licence.

(6)For subsection (6) there shall be substituted—

(5A)In determining the sum or sums payable in respect of a wireless telegraphy licence, regard may be had to bids made for other wireless telegraphy licences and for grants of recognised spectrum access.

(5B)Regulations under this section may provide that where a person—

(a)makes an application for a licence in accordance with a procedure provided for by such regulations, but

(b)subsequently refuses the licence 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 licence.

(6)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 grant of a wireless telegraphy licence as it applies to sums that will or may become payable under regulations under that section.

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