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Communications Act 2003

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293Review of approved networking arrangements etc.
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(1)It shall be the duty of OFCOM from time to time to carry out general reviews of the networking arrangements (whether approved or imposed by OFCOM) that are in force.

(2)The first such review must be carried out no later than six months after the date on which the offers made under section 215(1) close or (if those offers close on different dates) the latest of those dates.

(3)Every subsequent review must be carried out no more than one year after the previous one.

(4)OFCOM may also, at any other time, carry out a review of whether those arrangements continue to satisfy one of the two competition tests set out in paragraph 6 of Schedule 11.

(5)If, on a review under this section, OFCOM are satisfied that modifications are required of the networking arrangements for the time being in force, they may—

(a)require the holders of regional Channel 3 licences to give effect to the modifications proposed by OFCOM; or

(b)in the case of arrangements imposed by OFCOM, make those modifications themselves.

(6)OFCOM must not exercise any of their powers under this Act or the 1990 Act so as to modify the requirements imposed on the holder of a regional Channel 3 licence by approved networking arrangements that are already in force except—

(a)following a review under this section; or

(b)with the consent of the licence holder.

(7)The regulatory regime for every Channel 3 service includes the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing that the licence holder does all that he can to ensure that modifications proposed by OFCOM under this section are given effect to.

(8)In this section “approved networking arrangements” has the same meaning as in section 291.

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