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The Regulations set out the rules and procedures that Ofcom will follow when assessing the extent of the financial burden associated with the provision of a universal service and, where appropriate, compensating a universal service provider for those costs in exercise of their powers under ss 70 and 71 of the Communications Act 2003.

The Regulations set out the matters and information that Ofcom will consider when assessing the financial burden associated with the provision of a universal service and whether it is unfair on the provider to bear it. The Regulations also specify how and when Ofcom must calculate the amount of an unfair financial burden in respect of which a provider is to be compensated. Compensation is by means of contributions from other communications providers, which amounts are to be determined by Ofcom and invoiced to providers as set out in the Regulations.

The Regulations will come into force on 15 June 2020. To access the Regulations, click here.