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1OFCOM reports on infrastructure, internet domain names etcE+W+S+N.I.

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(1)In Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Communications Act 2003 (electronic communications networks and services), after section 134 insert—

Reports on infrastructure etcE+W+S+N.I.

134AOFCOM reports on infrastructure etc

(1)OFCOM must prepare reports in accordance with subsections (2) and (3) and each report must deal with—

(a)the electronic communications networks matters listed in section 134B(1), and

(b)the electronic communications services matters listed in section 134B(2).

(2)The first report must—

(a)relate to the position on a day specified in the report which falls within the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which this section comes into force, and

(b)be sent to the Secretary of State by OFCOM not more than 2 months after the specified day.

(3)A further report must—

(a)be prepared for each relevant period, and

(b)be sent to the Secretary of State by OFCOM as soon as practicable after the end of the relevant period.

(4)Relevant period” means—

(a)the period of 3 years beginning with the day specified in the first report, and

(b)each subsequent period of 3 years beginning with the end of the previous period.

(5)Where there is a significant change in connection with a matter listed in section 134B(1) or (2) and OFCOM consider that the change should be brought to the attention of the Secretary of State, OFCOM must—

(a)prepare a report on the change, and

(b)send it to the Secretary of State as soon as practicable.

(6)For the purposes of subsection (5), a change is significant if OFCOM consider that it has, or is likely to have, a significant adverse impact on—

(a)persons carrying on business in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom, or

(b)the general public in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom.

(7)OFCOM must publish every report under this section—

(a)as soon as practicable after they send it to the Secretary of State, and

(b)in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of persons who, in their opinion, are likely to have an interest in it.

(8)OFCOM may exclude information from a report when it is published under subsection (7) if they consider that it is information that they could refuse to disclose in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

134BNetworks and services matters

(1)For the purposes of section 134A, the electronic communications networks matters are—

(a)the different types of electronic communications network provided in the United Kingdom (“UK networks”),

(b)the geographic coverage of the different UK networks,

(c)the proportion of the population covered by the different UK networks,

(d)the extent to which UK networks share infrastructure,

(e)the capacity of the different UK networks,

(f)the extent to which the providers of the different UK networks allow other communications providers to use their networks to provide services,

(g)the amount of time for which the different UK networks are and are not available, including the steps that have been or are to be taken to maintain or improve the level of availability,

(h)the preparations made by providers of UK networks for responding to an emergency, including preparations for restoring normal operation of UK networks disrupted by the emergency, and

(i)the standard of the different UK networks in comparison with electronic communications networks provided in a range of other countries, having regard, in particular, to their coverage and capacity.

(2)For the purposes of section 134A, the electronic communications services matters are—

(a)the use of the electromagnetic spectrum for wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom,

(b)the different types of electronic communications service provided in the United Kingdom (“UK services”),

(c)the geographic coverage of the different UK services,

(d)the proportion of the population covered by the different UK services,

(e)the amount of time for which the different UK services are and are not available, including the steps that have been or are to be taken to maintain or improve the level of availability,

(f)the preparations made by providers of UK services for responding to an emergency, including preparations for restoring normal operation of UK services disrupted by the emergency, and

(g)the standard of the different UK services in comparison with electronic communications services provided in a range of other countries.

(3)The preparations referred to in subsections (1)(h) and (2)(f) include—

(a)the steps taken to assess the risks of different types of emergency occurring,

(b)the steps taken to reduce or remove those risks, and

(c)the testing of proposed responses to different types of emergency.

(4)In a report under section 134A, OFCOM are required to include only information about, and analysis of, such networks, services and providers as they consider appropriate.

(5)In this section “emergency” means an event or situation that seriously disrupts a UK network or UK service.

Reports on internet domain namesE+W+S+N.I.

134COFCOM reports on internet domain names

(1)OFCOM must, if requested to do so by the Secretary of State—

(a)prepare a report on matters specified by the Secretary of State relating to internet domain names, and

(b)send the report to the Secretary of State as soon as practicable.

(2)The specified matters may, in particular, include matters relating to—

(a)the allocation and registration of internet domain names, and

(b)the misuse of internet domain names.

(3)OFCOM must publish every report under this section—

(a)as soon as practicable after they send it to the Secretary of State, and

(b)in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of persons who, in their opinion, are likely to have an interest in it.

(4)OFCOM may exclude information from a report when it is published under subsection (3) if they consider that it is information that they could refuse to disclose in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

(2)In section 135(3) of that Act (information required for purposes of Chapter 1 functions), after paragraph (ib) insert—

(ic)preparing a report under section 134A;

(id)preparing a report under section 134C;.

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