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 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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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

Revised competition limits on the sale of digital dividend (700 megahertz) spectrum – Regulation Impact Statement Addendum – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 9 February 2012, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced that competition limits would be imposed on the upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) and the 2.5 gigahertz (GHz) bands (see web post 22 February 2012). This part of the spectrum is seen as very important for the […]

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22 February 2012

Competition limits on the sale of digital dividend (700 megahertz) and 2.5 gigahertz spectrum – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 9 February 2012, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced that competition limits will be imposed on the upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz and the 2.5 GHz bands. This part of the spectrum is seen as very important for the future growth of mobile communications […]

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10 February 2012

Non-compliance with best practice regulation requirements – Problem Gambling – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 21 January 2012, the Prime Minister; the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister for Financial Services jointly announced the Government’s plan to tackle problem gambling. Of the regulatory measures announced, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) […]

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23 December 2011

Regulatory changes to facilitate the rollout of the National Broadband Network and other next-generation broadband networks – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 15 December 2011, the Department of Broadband, Communications and Media Authority announced regulatory amendments to facilitate the rollout of the National Broadband Network and other next-generation broadband networks.

These changes will facilitate the rollout of broadband infrastructure by including infrastructure used in an optical fibre network in the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997.  As a […]

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20 December 2011

Consumer Safeguards Relating to Payphone Services – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy

On 16 December 2011, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy published instruments that alter the payphone arrangements in the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation. The new arrangements increase the requirements for Telstra in relation to payphone fault repairs, installation, removal, public consultation on removal and complaints handling. Significantly the new arrangements are regulatory […]

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30 November 2011

Amendments to local content and local presence requirements for Regional Commercial Radio – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 24 November 2011, the Government introduced amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to amend local content and local presence requirements for regional commercial radio. Local content and local presence requirements were introduced to ensure commercial radio services in regional areas provide local content and maintain a local presence if ownership changed.

Amendments will reduce […]

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8 November 2011

Changes to price surveillance of Australia Post reserved letter prices – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

On 18 October 2011, the Treasurer made a declaration under section 95X of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The effect of this declaration is to remove the requirement for the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) prior to price rises for certain Australia Post products.  Postage rates for ordinary letters weighing […]

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