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Communications Act 2003

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91Conditions about regulation of services etc. for end-users
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(1)Where—

(a)OFCOM have made a determination that a person (“the dominant provider”) has significant market power in an identified services market (“the relevant market”),

(b)the relevant market is one for the end-users of public electronic communications services that are available in that market, and

(c)it appears to OFCOM that the test in subsection (2) is satisfied in the case of that provider,

they shall set, and apply to that provider, such SMP conditions authorised by this section as they consider appropriate.

(2)That test is that OFCOM are unable, by the setting of conditions of the sorts specified in subsection (3), to perform, or fully to perform, their duties under section 4 in relation to the market situation in the relevant market.

(3)The sorts of conditions referred to in subsection (2) are—

(a)access-related conditions; and

(b)SMP conditions authorised or required by sections 87 to 90.

(4)The reference in subsection (2) to the market situation in the relevant market is a reference to the situation revealed by such market analyses of that market as may have been carried out for the purposes of this Chapter.

(5)The SMP conditions authorised by this section are conditions imposing on the dominant provider such regulatory controls as OFCOM may from time to time direct in relation to the provision by that provider of any public electronic communications service to the end-users of that service.

(6)Where OFCOM set a condition which is authorised by this section and imposes regulatory control on tariffs or other matters to which costs are relevant, they shall also set, and apply to the dominant provider, an SMP condition which requires him, to the extent that they consider it appropriate—

(a)to use such cost accounting systems as may be determined by them;

(b)to have the use of those systems audited annually by a qualified auditor; and

(c)to publish an annual statement about compliance by the dominant provider with the obligations imposed by virtue of paragraph (a).

(7)It shall be the duty of OFCOM to provide the European Commission with all such information as the Commission requires them to provide about—

(a)conditions authorised by this section that are set by OFCOM; and

(b)the cost accounting systems used, by the persons to whom those conditions apply, in relation to the services regulated in accordance with the conditions.

(8)In this section “qualified auditor” means a person eligible, in accordance with Part 2 of the Companies Act 1989 (c. 40), for appointment as a company auditor.

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