Communications Act 2003

Prospective

225Application for review of financial terms of replacement licencesE+W+S+N.I.
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(1)The holder of a replacement licence granted under section 215 or 221 may apply to OFCOM, at any time in the first or any subsequent review period, for a review of the financial terms on which that licence is held.

(2)For the purposes of this section the first review period is the period which—

(a)begins four years before the first notional expiry date; and

(b)ends with the day before the day that OFCOM have determined to be the one by which they would need to publish a tender notice if they were proposing to grant a fresh licence to take effect from the first notional expiry date.

(3)For the purposes of this section a subsequent review period in the case of a replacement licence is so much (if any) of the following period as falls before the end of the initial expiry date, namely, the period which—

(a)begins four years before a subsequent notional expiry date; and

(b)ends with the day before the day that OFCOM have determined to be the one by which they would need to publish a tender notice if they were proposing to grant a fresh licence to take effect from that notional expiry date.

(4)A determination for the purposes of subsection (2)(b) or (3)(b) in respect of a replacement licence—

(a)must be made at least one year before the day determined; and

(b)must be notified by OFCOM to the person who, at the time of the determination, holds the licence in question.

(5)No application under this section for a review of the financial terms on which a replacement licence is held is to be made—

(a)at any time when an application under section 226 for a review of those terms is pending; or

(b)at any time in the period of twelve months following the day on which a determination by OFCOM on such an application is notified to the licence holder.

(6)For the purposes of this section an application for a review under section 226 is pending from the time when the application is made until the end of the day on which OFCOM’s determination on the review is notified to the licence holder.

(7)In this section—

  • the first notional expiry date”, in relation to a replacement licence, means the date with which (apart from this Act) the existing licence would have expired if not renewed;

  • subsequent notional expiry date”, in relation to a replacement licence, means—

    (a)

    in a case in which an application by the licence holder for a review under this section was made during the review period beginning four years before the last notional expiry date, the tenth anniversary of the date on which OFCOM’s determination on that review was notified to the licence holder; and

    (b)

    in any other case, the tenth anniversary of the last notional expiry date;

  • tender notice” means a notice under section 15(1) of the 1990 Act or (as the case may be) paragraph 1 of Schedule 10.

(8)In subsection (7) “existing licence” has the same meaning as in section 215 or (as the case may be) 221.