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Communications Act 2003

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291Obligation as to making and continuance of approved arrangements
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(1)The regulatory regime for every regional Channel 3 service includes the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing that the licence holder does all that he can to ensure that approved networking arrangements are in force whenever—

(a)the licence holder is providing the licensed service; and

(b)no networking arrangements imposed by OFCOM under section 292 are in force.

(2)In this section “approved networking arrangements” means networking arrangements which are for the time being approved by OFCOM in accordance with Schedule 11.

(3)In paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the Competition Act 1998 (c. 41) (exclusion of networking arrangements from Chapter I prohibition), for sub-paragraph (1) there shall be substituted—

(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply in respect of any networking arrangements to the extent that they—

(a)have been approved for the purposes of licence conditions imposed under section 291 of the Communications Act 2003; or

(b)are arrangements that have been considered under Schedule 4 to the Broadcasting Act 1990 and fall to be treated as so approved;

nor does that prohibition apply in respect of things done with a view to arrangements being entered into or approved to the extent that those things have effect for purposes that are directly related to, and necessary for compliance with, conditions so imposed.

(4)For sub-paragraph (4) of that paragraph there shall be substituted—

(4)In this paragraph “networking arrangements” has the same meaning as in Part 3 of the Communications Act 2003.

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