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Australia - Media Politics

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Last updated: 17 Feb 2006 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 9

Synopsis

Government policies have allowed for both Telstra and the media companies to built vertically integrated monopolistic structures. Telstra has successfully eliminated the threat of competition in the telco market. The broadcasting market is much weaker and is in self-destruct mode. The ongoing Channel Seven court case is showing the very ugly sides of these monopolies. In 2005 and 2006 Telstra launched its vicious attack on the government and has put strategies in place to wind back any competitive structures it had in place (wholesale) and also wants a further monopoly for its FttN network. The government’s media reforms have fizzled out. While the company lost that battle, it continues the war.

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