Australia - Regulations - Developments in 2005

Synopsis

In the lead-up to the full privatisation of Telstra, the government had, by mid-2005, built up quite a backlog of regulatory issues. Outstanding issues that need to be addressed include: operational separation; a dedicated Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) telecoms commissioner; media and telecoms convergence; USOs; consumer protection issues; regional infrastructure; investment solutions and a formula for future-proofing. Also, issues such as convergence of telecoms and the media are crying out for changes to the aging regulatory policies. The ACCC has already indicated that it will be looking very seriously into the consequences of all these matters. We also take up Sol’s invitation to debate these issues.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. ULL (Separate Report)
  • 3. Government Intervention
    • 3.1 ACCC needs to review ULL arrangements
    • 3.2 ULL and Regional Funds are looking after the bush
    • 3.3 Do we have to forsake competition in order to protect Telstra’s high margins?
    • 3.4 We need to protect open access to the Internet economy
    • 3.5 FttN
  • 4. New T3 legislation
    • 4.1 On the positive side
      • 4.1.1 More powers to the ACCC
    • 4.2 On the negative side
  • 5. The government about to be taken to the cleaners
  • 6. The future of telecoms in Australia
    • 6.1 We are more than ready for the debate, Sol
    • 6.2 USOs
    • 6.3 Industry cooperation
    • 6.4 On Regulations
    • 6.5 Best services and best prices
  • 7. Regulatory challenges for the future
  • 8. Government initiated regulation review – April 2005
    • 8.1 Brief analysis
  • 9. Senate inquiry on telecom regulation – March 2005
  • 10. ACMA Review
  • 11. ACCC fails to punish Telstra for anti competitive behaviour
  • 12. VoIP Regulations in 2005
  • 13. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Residential Broadband (BB) growth predictions – next ten years
  • Exhibit 1 - ACMA recommendations

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Last updated 22 Feb 2007
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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