Communications

7 September 2016

Superfast Broadband Declaration

Independent Review – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

On 29 July 2016, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced its decision to regulate access to wholesale superfast broadband access services.

This will mean that non-NBN networks supplying broadband services with data rates normally more than 25 Mbps will have the price and non-price conditions for access […]

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20 July 2016

Changes to Media Ownership and Control Rules

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications and the Arts

On 2 March 2016 the Minister for Communications introduced the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill. The bill removes two media ownership and control rules that prevent a person, in their own right or as a director of one or more companies from controlling:

more than two […]

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27 May 2016

Authorised Conduct - amending Division 16 of Part XIB and Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications and the Arts

On 2 December 2015 the Government introduced the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015. One element of the bill considers changes to authorisations to NBN Co. to engage in three specific forms of conduct for competition law purposes:

restricting interconnection to the NBN […]

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23 May 2016

Release of the 1800 MHz band in remote areas

Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority

On 2 December 2015, the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) announced changes to the spectrum allocation in the 1800 MHz band in remote areas. The changes are intended to facilitate mobile services in remote areas for the use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, including 4G.

Previously, […]

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19 May 2016

Establishment of the NBN and Government Response to the NBN Implementation Study

Post-implementation Review – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

In April 2009, the then Government announced the establishment of the National Broadband Network (NBN). In December 2010, the then Government announced its response to the NBN Implementation Study. Both announcements were exempted by the then Prime Minister from the Government’s RIS requirements, on the […]

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13 April 2016

Amending NBN Co’s Non-Discrimination Obligations to Allow it to Conduct Pilots or Trials with Specific Persons

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications and the Arts

On 2 December 2015 the Government introduced the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015. The proposal allows NBN Co to conduct pilots and trials of new services or technology without requiring authorisation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Prior to the proposed […]

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22 October 2015

Remaking of sunsetting instrument without amendments

Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) remade the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Objects) Class Licence 1998 without significant amendments on 18 September 2015.

The Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Objects) Class Licence 2015 allows any person to operate a station to communicate with licenced space objects (such as satellites), provided they comply […]

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14 October 2015

1.5 GHz Band Plan

Remaking of sunsetting instrument without amendments – Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is scheduled to remake the 1.5 GHz Band Plan without significant amendments on 1 October 2015.

The 1.5 GHz Band Plan specifies the type of users in this frequency range such as: mobile satellite, aeronautical, point to point […]

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28 August 2015

Carrier Licence Conditions (Networks supplying Superfast Carriage Services to Residential Customers) Declaration 2014

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications

On 12 December 2014, the Minister for Communications made the Carrier Licence Conditions (Networks supplying Superfast Carriage Services to Residential Customers) Declaration.

The Declaration requires providers of superfast broadband networks who offer services to residential customers to be functionally separated (that is, operate their networks and retail operations at arm’s […]

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28 August 2015

Modernising Australia Post

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications

On 27 July 2015, instruments amending Australia Post’s pricing and performance arrangements were introduced into parliament.

The amendments allow Australia Post to introduce a two-speed letter service – comprising regular and priority services. The regular service would be up to two days slower, which would enable Australia Post to lower […]

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