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(2) In section 88(1) (qualifications for persons aged 19 or over: payment of tuition
fees), for “1(a) or (b)” substitute “1(a), (b) or (ba)”.

(3) In paragraph 1 of Schedule 5 (qualifications for persons aged 19 or over), after
paragraph (b) insert—

(ba) 5a specified qualification in making use of information
technology;”.

(4) After paragraph 5 of that Schedule insert—

“Power to specify qualification in information technology

5A The level of attainment demonstrated by a specified qualification in
10making use of information technology must be the level which, in the
opinion of the Secretary of State, is the minimum required in that
respect by persons aged 19 or over in order to be able to operate
effectively in day-to-day life.”

Part 7 15General

96 Financial provisions

The following are to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a) any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by a Minister
of the Crown, a person holding office under Her Majesty or a
20government department, and

(b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any
other Act out of money so provided.

97 Commencement

(1) The following come into force on the day on which this Act is passed—

(a) 25section 81;

(b) section 93;

(c) sections 96, 98 and 99;

(d) this section.

(2) The following come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning
30with the day on which this Act is passed—

(a) section 1;

(b) section 2;

(c) section 3;

(d) section 7;

(e) 35sections 10 to 14;

(f) sections 75 to 79;

(g) sections 83 and 87;

(h) section 92;

(i) section 94 and Schedule 4.

(3) 40Section 82 comes into force on 1 June 2020.

(4) Part 5, except—

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(a) Chapter 1 so far as that Chapter relates to the disclosure of information
to or by a water or sewerage undertaker for an area which is wholly or
mainly in Wales,

(b) sections 42 and 43, and

(c) 5Chapter 5 so far as that Chapter relates to the disclosure of information
by the Welsh Revenue Authority,

comes into force on whatever day the Secretary of State or the Minister for the
Cabinet Office appoints by regulations made by statutory instrument.

(5) Chapter 1 of Part 5, so far as relating to the disclosure of information to or by a
10water or sewerage undertaker for an area which is wholly or mainly in Wales,
comes into force on whatever day the Welsh Minsters appoint by regulations
made by statutory instrument.

(6) Chapter 5 of Part 5, so far as relating to the disclosure of information by the
Welsh Revenue Authority, comes into force on whatever day the Welsh
15Ministers appoint by regulations made by statutory instrument.

(7) The other provisions of this Act come into force on whatever day the Secretary
of State appoints by regulations made by statutory instrument.

(8) Different days may be appointed for different purposes.

98 Extent

(1) 20This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, subject
to the following provisions of this section.

(2) Sections 32 and 33 extend to England and Wales and Scotland only;

(3) Sections 34 and 35 extend to England and Wales only.

(4) In section 42—

(a) 25subsections (5) and (6) (and, so far as it relates to them, subsection (2))
of the new section 19AB inserted in the Registration Service Act 1953
extend to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but

(b) subject to that, the amendments and repeals made to that Act extend to
England and Wales only.

(5) 30Section 95 extends to England and Wales only.

(6) Section 47 of the Registered Designs Act 1949 (application to Isle of Man)
applies to section 29 as it applies to that Act.

(7) An amendment of the following enactments made by this Act may be extended
to any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man under the relevant extending
35power—

(a) Part 1 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988;

(b) the Broadcasting Act 1990;

(c) the Broadcasting Act 1996;

(d) the Communications Act 2003;

(e) 40the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

(8) “Relevant extending power” means—

(a) in relation to amendments of Part 1 of the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988, section 157(2) of that Act;

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(b) in relation to amendments of the Broadcasting Act 1990, section 204(6)
of that Act;

(c) in relation to amendments of the Broadcasting Act 1996, section 150(4)
of that Act;

(d) 5in relation to amendments of the Communications Act 2003, section
411(6) of that Act;

(e) in relation to amendments of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006, section
118(3) of that Act.

(9) The power conferred by section 157(2)(c) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents
10Act 1988 (power to extend to British overseas territories) is exercisable in
relation to any amendment made by this Act to Part 1 of that Act.

(10) Her Majesty may by Order in Council extend sections 15 to 27, with such
modifications as appear to Her Majesty in Council to be appropriate, to any of
the Channel Islands or to the Isle of Man.

(11) 15The power to make an Order in Council under subsection (10) includes
power—

(a) to make different provision for different cases (including different
provision in respect of different areas);

(b) to make provision subject to such exemptions and exceptions as Her
20Majesty in Council thinks fit; and

(c) to make such incidental, supplemental, consequential and transitional
provision as Her Majesty in Council thinks fit.

99 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Digital Economy Act 2017.

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SCHEDULES

Section 4

SCHEDULE 1 The electronic communications code

This is the Schedule to be inserted before Schedule 4 to the Communications
5Act 2003—

Section 106

“Schedule 3A The electronic communications code

Part 1 Key concepts

10Introductory

1 (1) This Part defines some key concepts used in this code.

(2) For definitions of other terms used in this code, see—

(a) paragraph 93 (meaning of “the court”).

(b) paragraph 104 (meaning of “occupier”),

(c) 15paragraph 107 (general interpretation),

(d) section 32 (meaning of electronic communications
networks and services), and

(e) section 405 (general interpretation).

The operator

2 20In this code “operator” means—

(a) where this code is applied in any person’s case by a
direction under section 106, that person, and

(b) where this code applies by virtue of section 106(3)(b), the
Secretary of State or (as the case may be) the Northern
25Ireland department in question.

The code rights

3 For the purposes of this code a “code right”, in relation to an
operator and any land, is a right for the statutory purposes—

(a) to install electronic communications apparatus on, under
30or over the land,

(b) to keep installed electronic communications apparatus
which is on, under or over the land,

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(c) to inspect, maintain, adjust, alter, repair, upgrade or
operate electronic communications apparatus which is on,
under or over the land,

(d) to carry out any works on the land for or in connection
5with the installation of electronic communications
apparatus on, under or over the land or elsewhere,

(e) to carry out any works on the land for or in connection
with the maintenance, adjustment, alteration, repair,
upgrading or operation of electronic communications
10apparatus which is on, under or over the land or
elsewhere,

(f) to enter the land to inspect, maintain, adjust, alter, repair,
upgrade or operate any electronic communications
apparatus which is on, under or over the land or
15elsewhere,

(g) to connect to a power supply,

(h) to interfere with or obstruct a means of access to or from
the land (whether or not any electronic communications
apparatus is on, under or over the land), or

(i) 20to lop or cut back, or require another person to lop or cut
back, any tree or other vegetation that interferes or will or
may interfere with electronic communications apparatus.

The statutory purposes

4 In this code “the statutory purposes”, in relation to an operator,
25means—

(a) the purposes of providing the operator’s network, or

(b) the purposes of providing an infrastructure system.

Electronic communications apparatus, lines and structures

5 (1) In this code “electronic communications apparatus” means—

(a) 30apparatus designed or adapted for use in connection with
the provision of an electronic communications network,

(b) apparatus designed or adapted for a use which consists of
or includes the sending or receiving of communications or
other signals that are transmitted by means of an electronic
35communications network,

(c) lines, and

(d) other structures or things designed or adapted for use in
connection with the provision of an electronic
communications network.

(2) 40References to the installation of electronic communications
apparatus are to be construed accordingly.

(3) In this code—

  • “line” means any wire, cable, tube, pipe or similar thing
    (including its casing or coating) which is designed or
    45adapted for use in connection with the provision of any
    electronic communications network or electronic
    communications service;

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  • “structure” includes a building only if the sole purpose of that
    building is to enclose other electronic communications
    apparatus.

The operator’s network

6 5In this code “network” in relation to an operator means—

(a) if the operator falls within paragraph 2(a), so much of any
electronic communications network or infrastructure
system provided by the operator as is not excluded from
the application of the code under section 106(5), and

(b) 10if the operator falls within paragraph 2(b), the electronic
communications network which the Secretary of State or
the Northern Ireland department is providing or
proposing to provide.

Infrastructure system

7 (1) 15In this code “infrastructure system” means a system of
infrastructure provided so as to be available for use by providers
of electronic communications networks for the purposes of the
provision by them of their networks.

(2) References in this code to provision of an infrastructure system
20include references to establishing or maintaining such a system.

Part 2 Conferral of code rights and their exercise

Introductory

8 This Part of this code makes provision about—

(a) 25the conferral of code rights,

(b) the persons who are bound by code rights, and

(c) the exercise of code rights.

Who may confer code rights?

9 A code right in respect of land may only be conferred on an
30operator by an agreement between the occupier of the land and
the operator.

Who else is bound by code rights?

10 (1) This paragraph applies if, in accordance with this Part, a code right
is conferred on an operator in respect of land by a person (“O”)
35who is the occupier of the land when the code right is conferred.

(2) If O has an interest in the land when the code right is conferred,
the code right also binds—

(a) the successors in title to that interest,

(b) a person with an interest in the land that is created after the
40right is conferred and is derived (directly or indirectly) out
of—

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(i) O’s interest, or

(ii) the interest of a successor in title to O’s interest, and

(c) any other person at any time in occupation of the land
whose right to occupation was granted by—

(i) 5O, at a time when O was bound by the code right,
or

(ii) a person within paragraph (a) or (b).

(3) A successor in title who is bound by a code right by virtue of sub-
paragraph (2)(a) is to be treated as a party to the agreement by
10which O conferred the right.

(4) The code right also binds any other person with an interest in the
land who has agreed to be bound by it.

(5) If such a person (“P”) agrees to be bound by the code right, the
code right also binds—

(a) 15the successors in title to P’s interest,

(b) a person with an interest in the land that is created after P
agrees to be bound and is derived (directly or indirectly)
out of—

(i) P’s interest, or

(ii) 20the interest of a successor in title to P’s interest, and

(c) any other person at any time in occupation of the land
whose right to occupation was granted by—

(i) P, at a time when P was bound by the code right, or

(ii) a person within paragraph (a) or (b).

(6) 25A successor in title who is bound by a code right by virtue of sub-
paragraph (5)(a) is to be treated as a party to the agreement by
which P agreed to be bound by the right.

Requirements for agreements

11 (1) An agreement under this Part—

(a) 30must be in writing,

(b) must be signed by or on behalf of the parties to it,

(c) must state for how long the code right is exercisable, and

(d) must state the period of notice (if any) required to
terminate the agreement.

(2) 35Sub-paragraph (1)(a) and (b) also applies to the variation of an
agreement under this Part.

(3) The agreement as varied must still comply with sub-paragraph
(1)(c) and (d).

Exercise of code rights

12 (1) 40A code right is exercisable only in accordance with the terms
subject to which it is conferred.

(2) Anything done by an operator in the exercise of a code right
conferred under this Part in relation to any land is to be treated as
done in the exercise of a statutory power.

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(3) Sub-paragraph (2) does not apply against a person who—

(a) is the owner of the freehold estate in the land or the lessee
of the land, and

(b) is not for the time being bound by the code right.

(4) 5Sub-paragraph (2) does not apply against a person who has the
benefit of a covenant or agreement entered into as respects the
land, if—

(a) the covenant or agreement was entered into under a
enactment, and

(b) 10by virtue of the enactment, it binds or will bind persons
who derive title or otherwise claim—

(i) under the covenantor, or

(ii) under a party to the agreement.

(5) In the application of sub-paragraph (3) to Scotland the reference to
15a person who is the owner of the freehold estate in the land is to be
read as a reference to a person who is the owner of the land.

Access to land

13 (1) This paragraph applies to an operator by whom any of the
following rights is exercisable in relation to land—

(a) 20a code right within paragraph (a) to (g) or (i) of paragraph
3;

(b) a right under Part 8 (street works rights);

(c) a right under Part 9 (tidal water rights);

(d) a right under paragraph 73 (power to fly lines).

(2) 25The operator may not exercise the right so as to interfere with or
obstruct any means of access to or from any other land unless, in
accordance with this code, the occupier of the other land has
conferred or is otherwise bound by a code right within paragraph
(h) of paragraph 3.

(3) 30A reference in this code to a means of access to or from land
includes a means of access to or from land that is provided for use
in emergencies.

(4) This paragraph does not require a person to whom sub-paragraph
(5) applies to agree to the exercise of any code right on land other
35than the land mentioned in that sub-paragraph.

(5) This sub-paragraph applies to a person who is the occupier of, or
owns an interest in, land which is—

(a) a street in England and Wales or Northern Ireland,

(b) a road in Scotland, or

(c) 40tidal water or lands within the meaning of Part 9 of this
code.

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Part 3 Assignment of code rights, and upgrading and sharing of apparatus

Introductory

14 This Part of this code makes provision for—

(a) 5operators to assign agreements under Part 2,

(b) operators to upgrade electronic communications
apparatus to which such an agreement relates, and

(c) operators to share the use of any such electronic
communications apparatus.

10Assignment of code rights

15 (1) Any agreement under Part 2 of this code is void to the extent
that—

(a) it prevents or limits assignment of the agreement to
another operator, or

(b) 15it makes assignment of the agreement to another operator
subject to conditions (including a condition requiring the
payment of money).

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to a term that requires the
assignor to enter into a guarantee agreement (see sub-paragraph
20(7)).

(3) In this paragraph references to “the assignor” or “the assignee” are
to the operator by whom or to whom an agreement under Part 2
of this code is assigned or proposed to be assigned.

(4) From the time when the assignment of an agreement under Part 2
25of this code takes effect, the assignee is bound by the terms of the
agreement.

(5) The assignor is not liable for any breach of a term of the agreement
that occurs after the assignment if (and only if), before the breach
took place, the assignor or the assignee gave a notice in writing to
30the other party to the agreement which—

(a) identified the assignee, and

(b) provided an address for service (for the purposes of
paragraph 90(2)(b)) for the assignee.

(6) Sub-paragraph (5) is subject to the terms of any guarantee
35agreement.

(7) A “guarantee agreement” is an agreement, in connection with the
assignment of an agreement under Part 2 of this code, under
which the assignor guarantees to any extent the performance by
the assignee of the obligations that become binding on the
40assignee under sub-paragraph (4) (the “relevant obligations”).

(8) An agreement is not a guarantee agreement to the extent that it
purports—

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(a) to impose on the assignor a requirement to guarantee in
any way the performance of the relevant obligations by a
person other than the assignee, or

(b) to impose on the assignor any liability, restriction or other
5requirement of any kind in relation to a time after the
relevant obligations cease to be binding on the assignee.

(9) Subject to sub-paragraph (8), a guarantee agreement may—

(a) impose on the assignor any liability as sole or principal
debtor in respect of the relevant obligations;

(b) 10impose on the assignor liabilities as guarantor in respect of
the assignee’s performance of the relevant obligations
which are no more onerous than those to which the
assignor would be subject in the event of the assignor
being liable as sole or principal debtor in respect of any
15relevant obligation;

(c) make provision incidental or supplementary to any
provision within paragraph (a) or (b).

(10) In the application of this paragraph to Scotland references to
assignment of an agreement are to be read as references to
20assignation of an agreement.

(11) Nothing in the Landlord and Tenant Amendment (Ireland) Act
1860 applies in relation to an agreement under Part 2 of this code
so as to—

(a) prevent or limit assignment of the agreement to another
25operator, or

(b) relieve the assignor from liability for any breach of a term
of the agreement that occurs after the assignment.

Power for operator to upgrade or share apparatus

16 (1) An operator (“the main operator”) who has entered into an
30agreement under Part 2 of this code may, if the conditions in sub-
paragraphs (2) and (3) are met—

(a) upgrade the electronic communications apparatus to
which the agreement relates, or

(b) share the use of such electronic communications apparatus
35with another operator.

(2) The first condition is that any changes as a result of the upgrading
or sharing to the electronic communications apparatus to which
the agreement relates have no adverse impact, or no more than a
minimal adverse impact, on its appearance.

(3) 40The second condition is that the upgrading or sharing imposes no
additional burden on the other party to the agreement.

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) an additional burden
includes anything that—

(a) has an additional adverse effect on the other party’s
45enjoyment of the land, or

(b) causes additional loss, damage or expense to that party.