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Communications Act 2003

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190Resolution of referred disputes
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(1)Where OFCOM make a determination for resolving a dispute referred to them under this Chapter, their only powers are those conferred by this section.

(2)Their main power (except in the case of a dispute relating to rights and obligations conferred or imposed by or under the enactments relating to the management of the radio spectrum) is to do one or more of the following—

(a)to make a declaration setting out the rights and obligations of the parties to the dispute;

(b)to give a direction fixing the terms or conditions of transactions between the parties to the dispute;

(c)to give a direction imposing an obligation, enforceable by the parties to the dispute, to enter into a transaction between themselves on the terms and conditions fixed by OFCOM; and

(d)for the purpose of giving effect to a determination by OFCOM of the proper amount of a charge in respect of which amounts have been paid by one of the parties of the dispute to the other, to give a direction, enforceable by the party to whom the sums are to be paid, requiring the payment of sums by way of adjustment of an underpayment or overpayment.

(3)Their main power in the excepted case is just to make a declaration setting out the rights and obligations of the parties to the dispute.

(4)Nothing in this section prevents OFCOM from exercising the following powers in consequence of their consideration under this Chapter of any dispute—

(a)their powers under Chapter 1 of this Part to set, modify or revoke general conditions, universal service conditions, access related conditions, privileged supplier conditions or SMP conditions;

(b)their powers to vary, modify or revoke wireless telegraphy licences or grants of recognised spectrum access;

(c)their power to make, amend or revoke regulations under section 1 or 3 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c. 54).

(5)In the case of a dispute referred back to OFCOM under section 186(6)—

(a)OFCOM may, in making their determination, take account of decisions already made by others in the course of an attempt to resolve the dispute by alternative means; and

(b)the determination made by OFCOM may include provision ratifying decisions so made.

(6)Where OFCOM make a determination for resolving a dispute, they may require a party to the dispute—

(a)to make payments to another party to the dispute in respect of costs and expenses incurred by that other party in consequence of the reference of the dispute to OFCOM, or in connection with it; and

(b)to make payments to OFCOM in respect of costs and expenses incurred by them in dealing with the dispute.

(7)OFCOM are not, under subsection (6)(b), to require payments to be made to them by a party to the dispute except—

(a)in a case where the dispute relates to the rights and obligations of the parties to the dispute under the enactments relating to the management of the radio spectrum; or

(b)where it appears to OFCOM that the reference of the dispute by that party was frivolous or vexatious or that that party has otherwise abused the right of reference conferred by this Chapter.

(8)A determination made by OFCOM for resolving a dispute referred or referred back to them under this Chapter binds all the parties to the dispute.

(9)Subsection (8) is subject to section 192.

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