Monday, 13 February 2017 13:23

Carriers, consumers want telco competition laws to stay Featured

By

A group of telecommunications carriers and consumers has called on federal parliament not to pass amendments that would remove competition protection measures in the Competition and Consumer Act.

Among those issuing the call are Optus, Vodafone, Macquarie Telecom, the MNF Group and the Council of Small Business Australia.

The changes, proposed by the government last year, were only backed by Telstra, the dominant telecommunications company in Australia.

Comments were called for by the government in September last year; then in November there was an announcement that the telecommunications anti-competitive laws, originally imposed nearly 20 years ago to support the development of competition in the telecommunications sector, would be repealed.

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, released an exposure draft bill with changes in section 46 of the Act, relating to the misuse of market power.

These changes will prohibit corporations with sufficient market power from acting in a manner that has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition.

Section 46 applies to all corporations, including carriers and carriage service providers. The section interacts with, and has similarities to, the telecommunications-specific anti-competitive conduct laws in Part XIB of the Act.

Under this part, a carrier or carriage service provider is held to be engaging in anti-competitive conduct if it has substantial market power and utilises that to lessen competition in a telecommunications market or engages in conduct in violation of certain other provisions, including section 46.

The government has argued that these changes make telecommunications protections irrelevant as competition has reached a point where special rules are unnecessary, despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently commencing a market study into the state of competition in the industry.

However, competitors and consumers have lined up to reject these claims.

Existing provisions allow the ACCC to act quickly and decisively if it believes Telstra is behaving anti-competitively.

Else, it would have to go to court, a process that could take years.

“We need to ensure the regulator has all the opportunity necessary to maintain competition,” Council of Small Business Australia chief executive Peter Strong said.

“This is only happening due to pressure from one dominant business. We know from hard experience that when a big dominant business wants a change in regulation it is never for the good of the community.”


Subscribe to Newsletter here

WEBINAR INVITE: Exploring Emerging Strategies for 5G Monetization

Network Operators continue to invest in 5G and build out their infrastructure.

With the recent impact of world events, the pressure is on to explore additional ways beyond traditional subscription models to monetize existing investments and speed up returns.

Creative thinking is key in this space, and in this webinar, you will learn about innovative ideas for Network Operators and Enterprise Business to enable new services and opportunities to drive incremental revenue.

Join us for this thought-provoking webinar with ITR Analyst, Marc Einstein, where you will learn about:

- Key industry 5G trends
- How COVID-19 is driving innovation and potential new business opportunities and applications for 5G

Click below to register your interest for the AUGUST 26, 4PM WEBINAR (AEST)

REGISTER NOW!

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

These days our customers Advertising & Marketing campaigns are mainly focussed on Webinars.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 2 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://www.itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial.

For covid-19 assistance we have extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

BACK TO HOME PAGE

WEBINARS ONLINE & DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

ResearchWire

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments