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Communications Act 2003

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80Proposals for identifying markets and for market power determinations
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(1)Before OFCOM

(a)identify a market for the purposes of making a market power determination, or

(b)make a market power determination,

they must publish a notification of what they are proposing to do.

(2)Notifications for the purposes of subsection (1)—

(a)may be given separately;

(b)may be contained in a single notification relating to both the identification of a market and the making of a market determination in relation to that market; or

(c)may be contained in a single notification under section 48(2) with respect to the setting or modification of an SMP condition and either—

(i)the making of the market power determination by reference to which OFCOM are proposing to set or modify that condition; or

(ii)the making of that market power determination and the identification of the market in relation to which they are proposing to make that determination.

(3)A notification under this section relating to a proposal to identify a market or to make a market power determination must—

(a)state that OFCOM are proposing to identify that market or to make that market power determination;

(b)set out the effect of the proposal;

(c)give their reasons for making the proposal; and

(d)specify the period within which representations may be made to OFCOM about their proposal.

(4)That period must be a period of not less than one month after the day of the publication of the notification.

(5)The publication of a notification under this section must be in such manner as appears to OFCOM to be appropriate for bringing the contents of the notification to the attention of the persons who, in OFCOM’s opinion, are likely to be affected by the matters notified.

(6)OFCOM may give effect, with or without modifications, to a proposal with respect to which they have given a notification under this section only if—

(a)they have considered every representation about the proposal that is made to them within the period specified in the notification; and

(b)they have had regard to every international obligation of the United Kingdom (if any) which has been notified to them for the purposes of this paragraph by the Secretary of State.

(7)The power of OFCOM to give effect to such a proposal is subject to sections 82 and 83.

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