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Communications Act 2003

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217Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 216
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(1)The determination under section 216(4)(b) must comprise—

(a)a determination of the amount which the holder of the renewed licence will be required by the conditions of that licence to pay to OFCOM in respect of the first complete calendar year falling within the renewal period; and

(b)a determination of the percentage of qualifying revenue for each accounting period of the licence holder falling within the renewal period which the holder of that licence will be required by those conditions to pay to OFCOM.

(2)The amount determined under subsection (1)(a) must be equal to the amount which, in OFCOM’s opinion, would have been the cash bid of the licence holder were the licence (instead of being renewed) to be granted for the period of the renewal on an application made in accordance with section 15 of the 1990 Act.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1)(b)—

(a)different percentages may be determined for different accounting periods; and

(b)the percentages that may be determined for an accounting period include a nil percentage.

(4)The renewed licence is required, as renewed, to include conditions requiring the licence holder to pay to OFCOM—

(a)in addition to any fees required to be paid by virtue of section 4(1)(b) of the 1990 Act, but

(b)instead of the amounts payable under the corresponding provision applicable under the conditions of the licence to the period before the renewal takes effect,

the amounts specified in subsection (5).

(5)Those amounts are—

(a)in respect of the first complete calendar year falling within the renewal period, the amount determined under subsection (1)(a);

(b)in respect of each subsequent year falling wholly or partly within the renewal period, that amount increased by the appropriate percentage; and

(c)in respect of each accounting period of the licence holder falling within the renewal period, an amount representing a specified percentage of qualifying revenue for that accounting period.

(6)The percentage specified for the purposes of subsection (5)(c) in respect of an accounting period must be the amount determined for that period under subsection (1)(b).

(7)In this section—

  • “the appropriate percentage” and “qualifying revenue” each has the same meaning as in section 19 of the 1990 Act; and

  • “renewal period”, in relation to a licence, means the period for which the licence is in force by reason of its renewal.

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