Communications

8 October 2014

Radiocommunications Accredited Persons Scheme instruments – Remaking of sunsetting instruments without amendments – Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) remade two sunsetting legislative instruments without significant amendments on 25 August 2014: the Radiocommunications (Accreditation – Prescribed Certificates) Principles 2003 and the Radiocommunications (Frequency Assignment Certificates) Determination 2003. The instruments support the operation of the Accredited Persons Scheme, which permits accredited persons to perform certain activities related to [...]

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1 October 2014

Mobile Network Charges – Independent Review – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

On 17 June 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it will regulate the price that a mobile phone network operator can charge other networks for connecting calls and text messages to its network. The declaration will be in place until 30 June 2019. The ACCC had previously regulated the price of [...]

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23 September 2014

Informed Decisions for Backup Power Supply Arrangements – Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority

On 22 August, the Chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced new rules for telecommunication service providers regarding the backup power supply for National Broadband Network (NBN) voice services.

Following the national rollout of the NBN, approximately twenty-six per cent of Australians will be connected to the NBN via fibre to the premises [...]

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1 August 2014

Radiotelecommunications regulations – remaking of sunsetting instruments without amendments

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have decided to remake two sunsetting legislative instruments without significant amendments: the Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling – Electromagnetic Radiation) Notice 2003 and the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2003.

In line with the Australian Government best practice regulation requirements for sunsetting legislative instruments, the ACMA has assessed the [...]

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12 February 2014

Trans-Tasman Mobile Roaming – Option-stage Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications

On 30 January 2014, the Department of Communications announced public consultation on a draft of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Mobile Roaming) Bill 2014. The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2014. If enacted, the legislation would provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) new powers to investigate and undertake regulatory actions, if [...]

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6 December 2013

National Broadband Network battery back up options and record keeping – Options-stage Regulation Impact Statement

On 26 November 2013, the Chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced  a proposal mandating communication service providers to provide National Broadband Network (NBN) consumers with information about back up batteries.

Currently all NBN consumers are provided with a back up battery, so that in the event of a power failure they will [...]

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5 December 2013

Parental Lock – Post-implementation Review –Department of Communications

On 28 July 2010 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) introduced the Broadcasting and Datacasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical Standard 2010 (Parental Lock Standard) to ensure that digital televisions and digital receivers sold in Australia have a parental lock capability.

 A Regulation Impact Statement was required for the proposal but not prepared. As a result, [...]

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9 October 2013

Consideration of options to address the impact on stakeholders of the annual numbering charge on four types of short-digit access codes – Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority

On 4 September 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) tabled (see also here) legislation altering the formula behind the annual numbering charge (ANC) – a per number levy which telecommunications firms that hold phone numbers are required to pay. The changes exempt four types of short-digit access codes from the ANC.

The Regulation Impact [...]

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26 August 2013

Cellular Mobile Repeaters – Regulation Impact Statements – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Australian Communications and Media Authority

On 9 August 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced that the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) made changes to the Radiocommunications Regulations 1993 to restrict the supply of mobile repeaters.

A cellular mobile repeater is a wireless radiocommunications device that repeats mobile network signals. It can receive, amplify and [...]

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15 July 2013

International Mobile Roaming Industry Standard – Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority

 On 3 July 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced a new International Mobile Roaming (IMR) Standard, which requires telecommunications providers of IMR services to implement certain measures over the next three years. These measures aim to reduce the incidence and impact of ‘Bill Shock’, that is, the occurrence of unexpectedly high bills [...]

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