Communications

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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15 May 2013

Changes to Identity Verification Requirements for Prepaid Mobile Services - Regulation Impact Statement - Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 13 May 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced that it was seeking public comment on proposed regulatory changes to establish a more efficient and effective set of identity verification requirements for prepaid mobile carriage services. This initiative follows a review by an industry and government working group led by the Department [...]

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20 March 2013

Prime Minister’s exemption – further response to the Convergence Review – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 12 March 2013, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced a series of further reforms in relation to the Convergence Review. These reforms were in addition to the convergence review related reforms announced on 30 November 2012.

The reforms announced on 12 March 2013 include the following regulatory measures.

A press standards model for [...]

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18 February 2013

Trans-Tasman Mobile Roaming – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 9 February 2013, the Prime Minister announced that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will be provided with new powers to investigate and undertake regulatory actions, if deemed necessary, in the Trans‑Tasman mobile roaming market.

The New Zealand competition and consumer regulator will also be given similar powers by the New Zealand Government. This [...]

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10 January 2013

Lot configuration for the digital dividend spectrum auction – Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority

On 3 January 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced a number of decisions in relation to the auction for the sale of spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) and 2.5 gigahertz (GHz) bands, including lot configuration for the spectrum auction.  The lot configuration decisions had earlier been published on Comlaw on 19 [...]

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