Australia - Regulations - Developments in 2003


This report examines the Foxtel deal in detail and comments on Telstra’s position on the divestiture of Foxtel, and on the regulatory environment in general. The government’s persistent commitment to the privatisation of Telstra is discussed. The report examines the Estens and the BAG Reports, and gives an account of the various Inquiries into the issue of the structural separation of Telstra. The effect of the Telecommunications Act 2002 and the initiatives subsequently undertaken by the ACCC are discussed.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Sad Ministerial track record - Richard Alston 1996 - 2003
  • 3. Regulatory zealots
  • 4. Overview of policy and regulatory changes – mid-2003
    • 4.1 Government response to Estens Inquiry
    • 4.2 Future-proofing the telecoms infrastructure
    • 4.3 Not-so-hidden agendas
  • 5. Results of the ‘Competition Act’ 2002
    • 5.1 Access charges
    • 5.2 Accounting separation
    • 5.3 Expiry dates declarations
    • 5.4 First ACCC reports; damning for Telstra and the Government
  • 6. The fall-out from the Foxtel deal
    • 6.1 Effect of Foxtel deal on competition
    • 6.2 Questions about intent
    • 6.3 High Foxtel content costs
    • 6.4 Content providers
    • 6.5 The media players
  • 7. Senate Inquiry into broadband competition
  • 8. Abandoned 1st Inquiry into structural separation
    • 8.1 Surprise announcement
    • 8.2 The Minister’s big con job
  • 9. Cross platform competition
  • 10. ABA/ACA Merger
    • 10.1 Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
    • 10.2 Analysis
  • 11. Privatisation issues

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Last updated 11 Jul 2004
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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