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Communications Act 2003

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292OFCOM’s power to impose arrangements
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(1)This section applies on each occasion on which OFCOM—

(a)are proposing to award one or more regional Channel 3 licences; and

(b)for that purpose publish a notice under section 15(1) of the 1990 Act.

(2)OFCOM must—

(a)determine the date by which the holders of the licences awarded and all other regional Channel 3 providers (if any) must have entered into networking arrangements (the “networking date”); and

(b)set out that date in that notice.

(3)The networking date must be the date by which, in OFCOM’s opinion, the networking arrangements must have been entered into if approved networking arrangements are to be fully in force before the persons awarded licences begin to provide their licensed services.

(4)If—

(a)no suitable networking arrangements exist by the networking date, or

(b)the suitable networking arrangements that exist at that date cease to apply to all regional Channel 3 providers on or after that date,

OFCOM may impose on all regional Channel 3 providers the networking arrangements that OFCOM consider appropriate.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (4) arrangements are suitable networking arrangements if it appears to OFCOM that they—

(a)have been submitted to them for approval or have been approved by them; and

(b)will be in force as approved networking arrangements when the persons awarded licences begin to provide their licensed services.

(6)Arrangements imposed under this section come into force on the date determined by OFCOM.

(7)The regulatory regime for every regional Channel 3 service includes the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing that the licence holder complies with the provisions of any networking arrangements imposed under this section.

(8)Where—

(a)networking arrangements are imposed under this section,

(b)other networking arrangements are entered into between the licence holders bound by the imposed arrangements, and

(c)the other arrangements entered into are approved by OFCOM,

the imposed arrangements shall cease to have effect on the coming into force of the other arrangements as approved networking arrangements.

(9)In this section—

  • “approved networking arrangements” has the same meaning as in section 291; and

  • “regional Channel 3 providers” means persons who will be licensed to provide regional Channel 3 services and will be providing such services when the licences to be awarded come into force.

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