Australia - Media Politics


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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The ugly side of the Australian media
  • 3. The ACCC on triple play monopolies
  • 4. Media reforms in 2006
  • 5. Shareholders interests vs national interests
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 The shrewd fox
    • 5.3 Media diversity
    • 5.4 Telstra’s dominance
  • 6. Pay TV
    • 6.1 Another monopoly
    • 6.2 ACCC wants Foxtel divested
    • 6.3 Separate content aggregation and content distribution
  • 7. Access monopolies
    • 7.1 Access, key to Internet economy
    • 7.2 Make access free
    • 7.3 Broadband access monopoly
    • 7.4 Content and access don’t mix
  • 8. Broadcasting oligopoly
    • 8.1 Broadcasters self-destruct
    • 8.2 Broadcasters don’t own content
    • 8.3 Broadcasters don’t own infrastructure
  • 9. Where to go from here?
    • 9.1 ACCC powerless
    • 9.2 Insincere government
    • 9.3 ACCC proposal still valid
    • 9.4 Facilities-based competition and open networks
    • 9.5 Operational separation
  • 10. Related reports

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Last updated 17 Feb 2006
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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