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Communications Act 2003

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96Penalties for contravention of conditions
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(1)This section applies (in addition to section 95) where—

(a)a person (“the notified provider”) has been given a notification under section 94;

(b)OFCOM have allowed the notified provider an opportunity of making representations about the matters notified; and

(c)the period allowed for the making of the representations has expired.

(2)OFCOM may impose a penalty on the notified provider if he—

(a)has, in one or more of the respects notified, been in contravention of a condition specified in the notification under section 94; and

(b)has not, during the period allowed under that section, taken the steps OFCOM consider appropriate—

(i)for complying with the notified condition; and

(ii)for remedying the consequences of the notified contravention of that condition.

(3)Where a notification under section 94 relates to more than one contravention, a separate penalty may be imposed in respect of each contravention.

(4)Where such a notification relates to a continuing contravention, no more than one penalty may be imposed in respect of the period of contravention specified in the notification.

(5)OFCOM may also impose a penalty on the notified provider if he has contravened, or is contravening, a requirement of an enforcement notification given under section 95 in respect of the notified contravention.

(6)Where OFCOM impose a penalty on a person under this section, they shall—

(a)within one week of making their decision to impose the penalty, notify that person of that decision and of their reasons for that decision; and

(b)in that notification, fix a reasonable period after it is given as the period within which the penalty is to be paid.

(7)A penalty imposed under this section—

(a)must be paid to OFCOM; and

(b)if not paid within the period fixed by them, is to be recoverable by them accordingly.

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